Jordan to present Pippen at HOF



"I can't think of a better person to do it," said Pippen on Monday.
"Michael is someone I shared my career with, accomplishing most of what I
have accomplished thus far. He was a great teammate, teacher and
admirer. I'm excited to have an opportunity to be the first person that
he has presented into the Hall of Fame. I figure if anyone deserves to
be on the stage with me, it's him."

Updated ---  Not sure how my original commentary got lost and replaced with the front page, but...

Let's just hope that Jordan is gracious and discusses Pippen and how great he was.  My biggest fear with this selection is that Jordan goes off like he (and Phil Jackson) did at Pippen's jersey retirement ceremony and discuss what a great sidekick he is rather than what a great player he is.

I think Pippen deserves to be recognized out of Jordan's shadow on this day even though Jordan was clearly a huge factor in his success.

We all know a ton about Scottie Pippen and what a great player he was.   The Bulls could have never won six titles without his physical gifts.   However, what some people may not know is that his attitude was just as important to those titles.

Pippen played good cop to Jordan's bad cop.  He picked guys up when Jordan tore them down.  Without Pippen, I think Jordan would have had a much tougher time getting as much as he did out of his teammates, but they were a perfect compliment of attitudes to maximize the talent around them as well.

Thanks for the memories Scottie.  


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  • Is that LOYALTY Dwyane Wade? Just asking.


    via the Daily Herald...

    According to his Twitter posts, former Bulls guard Ben Gordon is planning to switch his jersey to No. 8. The only problem is, the switch can

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    He just wants to sell a few more jerseys like Kobe and Lebron...please don't be fooled by his "gesture."

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    BG is a nice guy and decent player. But, this number thing is irrelevant. As #1Bullsfan said, it is probably to sell jerseys or even if he is paying a tribute to what. Does it impact his play..if he sucks the way he did last year, Joe Dumars(his supposed tribute master)will kick him out in a sec and Jerry Sloan will not even want him anywhere near the Utah bench.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I hope Scottie has some kind words for Jerry Krause. We all know MJ was kind of a settled pick and the Bulls lucked out on MJ. But, Pippen and Grant were because of Krause's sleuth scouting skills. Look how Cleveland FO screwed up by not building a right team around LeBron.
    Even the Lakers with all their luck took a few years after Shaq left to get it right. So it must be gratifying for Krause to see Pippen get into the HOF

  • In reply to MrHappy:

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    If you are or are not planning on watching Scottie Pippen's HOF induction, check this sh*t out.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    One of the best defensive players of all time especially when you take into consideration how often he was immediately able to convert those steals/blocks on the other end.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    The Final listing. It's hard not to want to check out Scottie's HOF induction after watching these. And AJ Johsnon, the person listed who put together(?) these videos congrats/thanks to him.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    I hope that's not too many links posted at once (Doug), but I finally tried/found out how to do it. It really was simple. Thanks again to Mitchell W although I found what seems a simpler way.

  • I love the idea of MJ walking on stage, pulling out a list of names, and thanking the audience for the opportunity to settle scores with all the people he forgot to bash in his initial HoF speech. I'm sure there was a kid who crossed him in 4th grade that could use a good dressing down.

    In reality, I'm sure he'll be pretty charming, though somewhat awkward/uncomfortable at the podium, as usual. And yes, I'm probably going to watch.

  • In reply to Greddy:

    I've tried to apologize for crossing him back in grade school but he just won't give me closure. LOL I'm sure it'll go great and to Mr Happy's point, that is a kool geture by BG.

  • In reply to Greddy:

    As Charles Barkley said himself, Jordan should kiss the ground that Scottie walks on...

  • In reply to fsalomon:

    Surprised to hear Barkley said that. He and Pippen seem to be at odds ever since their one season together in Houston.

    There seemed to be a rivalry as to who was better friends with Jordan, clearly it is Barkley.

    Scottie himself never seems secure in his status as a great player, and seems to need to pump himself up. Hopefully with his induction he can finally relax and enjoy the status that he has earned.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Well, at least that`s what he said when Scottie got his jersey retired...

  • In reply to Greddy:

    I heard that Phil Jackson will not be in attendance. Does anybody know why? I thought that Phil always said that Scottie was his favorite player.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Phil is always trying to do something out of the ordinary...Sometimes he tires me...

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Scottie, as I wrote on the other story about trading for Melo, for four years there was one of the greatest players of all time, and I'm not talking top 50. That's not to denigrate the rest of his career, but that early stretch from 89-90 to the end of the first three peat Pip averaged in the playoffs near 48% FG's with seven boards, six assists, and two steals. Add to that that he was not just some 20 ppg plodding machine. he could get you the high 20's to 30 point games when needed.

    Scottie was such an entertaining player and story to watch unfold. He went from physically weak to indominatable. He went from somewhat timid to a envelopingly confident player with the joy of the game he just radiated to all his teammates. Throw in the fact that he could fly and handle the ball like Magic, plus leap like a gazelle for some oof the most thoroughly satisfying/nasty dunks in NBA history, and you just have a supremely entertaining, compelling, and staisfying player to watch.

    What a pleasure it was to witness the coming of age and to greatness of one poor, factory working skinny, shrimpy kid from small town Arkansas with what only few knew at the time was the heart of a mega-champion.

    And if anyone got a chance to watch that NBATV's greatest games with Pip scoring 29(after dropping 30 previously in the series) in the 92' Eastern Conf. finals that game says it all. My favorite, the stolen ball, transition layup where he literally takes off in stride with his two last steps one well behind the free throw line, and the next just one good step over it. "Flight 33 now boarding for basketball immortality."

    Oh, and Michael at the HOF Intro, "dont f*ck it up!"

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