"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.