Scottie's taking the last shot

Per KC Johnson:

"Michael can't do nothing but sit back and watch me take the last shot," Pippen said.

"I realized I was in a great situation playing in Chicago, playing
alongside Michael," Pippen said. "I also knew it could've been different
for me, but I enjoyed the path I took. I was able to share that
spotlight with him. That's the way I wanted it to be and the way I
enjoyed it."

"That's a guy who did it the right way," former Jazz power
forward Karl Malone said. "Look, we're all big fans, but we don't tell
other great players that until after the fact. We're sure not going to
say it while we're playing against them.

"I remember that year
Scottie played when Michael retired (1993-94), and Scottie led the team
in every statistical category. That's when I said to myself, 'Wow.' I
always thought the world of him, but my respect went to another level
then."

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John Paxson: Pippen was an encouraging teammate

"The subtle things that he did so well-defensively helping his teammates, recovering out to guys offensively, making plays, being unselfish-those are things that teammates always recognize and noticed," John Paxson said of Scottie Pippen. "You always felt like Scottie had your back."

"It was the first time he was in a position of leadership more on his
own than any other time. Nothing really changed. What people don't
remember about that year was that we got off to a real slow start.
Scottie was hurt at the beginning of the year and we were 4-7 coming
back at the end of an early trip. At that point, we were kind of
disjointed because we were trying to incorporate [Toni] Kukoc into the
lineup. I had a good view because I was hurt for most of the year. It
was at that point that I think Scottie got in his mind, 'You know what?
This is my team. I've got to lead.' And he did. It's really remarkable
when you think about it. 55 wins is terrific. It became a 70-game season
because we started off 4-7. That was really when mentally it kicked in
for him. We always knew he could do it. I think the one thing I found
interesting that year was that statistically, things didn't change much
for him. He didn't look at it like he had to take on everything, and
that's where teammates loved him. He had his best statistical year, but
he found a way to make his teammates feel a part of it, reward them when
they were open, and do all those things that he had done before, but
not just in a little different role. So many people had written us off
that year because we didn't have Michael. Everyone said that we were
going to win 25-30 games. Scottie kind of said, 'Nope, it's not going to
happen.' He led us to 55."

More Pippen HOF coverage here

Pippen and Jordan will always be tied together, and Michael will get most of the credit forever, and as the best player of all time, that's fair.   However, Scottie will always be my favorite of the two players. 

They shared many similar qualities, work ethic, passion, basketball IQ, defensive intensity, offensive versatility.   Other than Jordan being a more dominant offensive player, the greatest difference between the two was how they interacted with teammates.   Jordan always barking at you, breaking you down, pushing you through challenging you.   Scottie always encouraging you, helping you, pushing you through positive feedback.

We've all worked with people using the Jordan way and the Pippen way, and while I think the Jordan way was necessary for the Bulls to win as much as they did, the Pippen way was even more necessary to stop Jordan from burning everyone out.  I probably wouldn't last a week working a Jordan type, but I would have loved to work with a Scottie Pippen.   Everyone would. 

Scottie;  Congratulations, I can't wait to see your speech, and to have some time to sit back and appreciate how great of a player you were.   For those who need some reminding:





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  • I love Michael but Scottie was/is always my favorite. I'm very excited for his induction today and will be watching with pride.

  • I hope Krause gets some credit from Scottie. Whatever anyone says, he engineered the trade and drafted him. This was not a sure-fire first pick(LBJ) or someone who fell to them(MJ).

  • Scottie Pippen is the Michael Jordan of underrated/under-appreciated great players.

  • REMINDER:

    Don't forget, they have the LIVE Hall of Fame press conference at 9am on NBATV, CSN-CHICAGO and NBA.com. Also, Scottie Pippen, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley and David Robinson are holding a LIVE chat at 3pm on Facebook.

    Both links are on NBA.com.

  • If people are going to check out the Scottie Pippen videos Power and Grace I is excellent, but so is Ultimate Defender;the music in it is really cool too. Check it out.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9vFHYVXtRk

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Wow that was beautiful to watch... I was going to say all this talk about his offensive numbers but ppl are forgetting he was a 10time all defensive player...

    and lets not forget what he did in the series against the pacers in 98. That is in my mind the best defensive performance I've ever seen.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Truly, I hope somebody(NBA/Bulls) puts out a DVD series with every Bulls playoff game during all six championship runs. I used to have many of them on tape, but my wife nagged me, and I got rid of them. Over time the tapes were getting worn with age anyway, and I really rarely watched any of them.

    But putting out the true Bulls Dynasty series with every playoff game from those six championships - I'd pay $200 for that. The quality of repeat telecasts like the recent Bulls 92' Eastern Conf. Finals clincher against the Cavs looked like it was a live broadcast. Now that's what I'm talking about. I know you can't go back again, and I'd probably only watch a game once in a while. Bot over time, I'd enjoy them all in order one more time.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Also, I'd pay $50 for the complete olympic/92' Dream Team set with every game in its entirity. Scottie really was, if not the best performer, then certainly one of the most entertaining players on that team. Maybe somebody will make these available instead of just showing an ocassioanl game on a network/NBATV etc. to increase its value.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    MJ AT HIS BEST:

    http://dimemag.com/2010/08/michael-jordan-grabs-breakfast-with-melo-cp-d-wade/

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    FYI:

    Just in case people were wondering where MJ is, he's doing a JordanBrand youth event at Rucker Park with MELO, CP3 and DWADE.

    http://yfrog.com/n4vl7cj

    I'm sure he'll be headed to the Hall of Fame to catch up with Pippen afterwards.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Also, CSN(Comcast)Chicago tonight at 7pm, is showing Scottie's 1994-5(?) All-Star MVP game where he scored 29 points I think they said. I'll have to DVR it/check that out.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    RW,

    I think that is tomorrow (Saturday), not tonight. You might want to double-check.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Yeah sorry. I meant Saturday night at 7pm.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I'm happy for PIP. He deserves this (HOF) day.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Doug, I know this is all about Pippen and its his day. I agree growing up he was my favorite player on the bulls but after that charade with Pippen refusing to go on the court when Jackson called for Kukoc to shoot the last shot which he did, Toni had become my favorite player on the bulls. I read all the stuff about Pippen being a great teammate but watching all the old games it seems there was still an issue between Pippen and Toni and even when Michael came back on the bulls, their quest to be alpha males on the team held Toni back, at least in my opinion, there were several games where Toni was on fire, and everyone on the team would be cheering and high fiving Toni but Jordan and Pippen would look the other way, even their stubborn behavior kept them from winning the finals against Utah and Seattle in less games because of their refusal to pass Toni the ball. Was there an issue between the two or was it just my own corrupted view of the situation?

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Pip is the epitomy of smooth. Watching those vids I remembered how dramatically his shot improved throughout his career. Hoping that Rose can develop his shot like Scottie did.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    How much similar or better is Pippen compared to LBJ?
    1. Pippen was probably not as strong/fast as LBJ
    2. Heart/Will to Win.....no need to compare
    3. Talent....LBJ is more talented
    4. Basketball IQ....Pip had definitely more...him playing in different positions in college, practicing with MJ everyday, going to college, not getting crowned from day one helped him to be humble and learn the game rather than resting on some small achievements..
    5. Handling the ball-- Pip was better
    6. Clutch shooting - Pip was better
    7. Defense - Pip was better
    5. L

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Pippen was not a better clutch shooter than Lebron...not at all.

  • In reply to Houston:

    This is Scottie's day, and his fan's day. Why don't you let this fan have his opinion/moment enjoying it, and quit tasting Lebron's ass for a while. I would have thought you ate enough of your down low boy Kobe's already.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    I said nothing to you dude, because I don't talk to pussies. So please, mind your business. I was on here having conversations with others who actually have something to say. So just mind your business...loser.

  • In reply to Houston:

    You're idea of conversations is personally attacking others who you know nothing about telling someone who actually was disagreeing with Doug that he's "licking someone's ass."

    A hate filled d-bag loser who still lives at home with mom, has a low income or better yet no job, and no social life.

    First it's Kobe's, then Krause, and now LeBron. Who next. "Gacy was actually a funny clown come on guys, quit hating." Houston.

    The moment you come on telling people their licking someone's ass when they've done nothing to you, is the moment you prove yourself to be the punk/pussy, Kobe lover.

  • In reply to Houston:

    FYI, clutch shooting doesn't mean a 3 pointer to end the game. I mean in an very intense game(playoffs or with big rivals), when everyone on the team is struggling if they got a couple of buckets. I am sure at least on numbers wise, Pippen has done more than LBJ. Maybe LBJ might do more in the future which I don't know..I am just going on what has happened.

    The reason I give Pippen more points is he already accomplished these things in big games while LBJ has done 40% of what he has done but nothing big so far. He might do it in the future but it is all future and will/might happen right now. I even agree that LBJ is more talented/stronger/faster

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Just watch that 92' Eastern Conference Final clincher they keep showing right now on NBATV. That's all you need to know about Scottie in the playoffs. It's an insult to his record of excellence and team dedication to even compare him to a mullethead like LeBron.

    http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22748484/23847536?tag=globalNav.nba;headlines

    Sure James has more talent, and is a better regular season late game shooter. But playoffs wise didn't he get swept in the Finals? And now he's run for cover as he's clearly Wade's side kick. That Game 5 or whichever meltdown just had quitter/pussyville written all over it. I don't care if Delonte West had LeBron's mom's pot pie for dinner, the dude has no excuse for that cowardly display. A quitter's display. Sure now he'll win with his immense talent, and all the pressure's off with big Daddy Wade and sister Bosh. But Pip played well enough as Thee Man without that bullshit call by Hue Hollins his Jordanless Bulls probably play in the Finals. And admittedly he did finally run out of steam/choked somewhat in that Game 7 with Portland against the Lakers, but he came ever so close to winning that game/series, and probably an NBA Finals.

    Really comparing Pip in a negative light on this day, his day, to that coward who mentally Raped his Cleveland fans on live TV and over a protracted completely grueling unecessary period, is just something only a nit wit like "Houston, we have a problem, you're a d-bag" would do.

    Pippens great. We love him. End of story.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Here's another nugget for the Lebron lover in us all.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Videos-LeBron-James-is-not-the-MVP-of-amusement;_ylt=Aq7NalxYtaAcgUiJDRh4bJS8vLYF?urn=nba-261746

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    You are a bitter fan, upset because James didn't choose to come to Chicago. Grow up.

  • In reply to Houston:

    Again this laugh at the self titled/important king had nothing to do with you d-bag. Quit living your lame online existence through my comments, and back the f-ck off me.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Doug.....someone should make a list of Pippen's top 10 quotes.

    My personal favorites include the time he called Larry Johnson "garbage" and when he responded to Barkley asking for an apology:

    "I wouldn't give Charles Barkley an apology at gunpoint," Pippen said, never raising his voice. "He can never expect an apology from me. ... If anything, he owes me an apology for coming to play with his fat butt."

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    Did Scottie say that "Mailman doesn't deliver on Sundays" when Karl Malone got stopped by the Bulls on a Sunday?

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    CRUSH ON DROSE:

    I think ErykahBadu has a CRUSH on DROSE.

    http://twitter.com/fatbellybella/status/20950836244
    http://twitter.com/fatbellybella/status/20949933061

    She was also tweeting Kevin Durant looking for him...mmm.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    What is this? The View?

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    hahahhaaaa

  • I really would love to see Scottie come back as an assistant, but he's got to want it/put in the work. If he could get back that combination of playoff toughness/demeanor along with his charm/friendly encouragement of (teammates)players, I think he could be tremendous. I hope it happens. And if so definitely with the Bulls.

    Think about Scottie, Pax, B.J. Armstrong. Steve Kerr, Ronnie Harper, Luc(Longley), Toni Kukoc; so many good guys to root for. Then you look at the Riley New York Knicks dirtball teams or the Laimbeer/Rodman(umtil he joined the good side of the force/Bulls) Detroit Pistons, and think how lucky we were to see such an old school classy, cheerful, enthusiastic, but gritty, tough fighting gutsy team. UnBullievable.

  • Krause deserves as much credit for putting the guys around Jordan as Jordan does for winning the games. I think 6 championships demonstrates Krause knew what he was doing.

  • In reply to bullshooter:

    Krause deserves credit for Phil Jackson and the triangle offense too.

  • And with his ball handling he was able to convert those steals and blocks into so many direct, in your face demoralizing jams/scores on the other end. Incredible. The music/audio in Ultimate Defender is awesome too, as is Chuck Dailey's eerily at key moments just glowingly categorizing Scottie as really the best in the game as an all around player/defedner.

  • Krause deserves ALL credit for bringing him into the league...there is no half credit...who gets the other half? Krause deserves his due. He fired a coach who didn't want Phil Jackson on his staff and fired another one who didn't want to use the triangle. Those were the ideas of Krause, I don't think he was an all time great GM, but despite Jordan's bitterness, he should have given Krause respect for the moves he made that helped win titles.

  • I am certainly no Krause fan, but you have to give him a few more, Grant, Cartwright(for the popular Oakley), and Rodman(for the not so popular Perdue)basically setting up(in my mind guaranteeing) the second three peat and the greatest team ever.

    Not sure but was Harper a Krause move, or was he just a fill in during Jordans first retirement.

    Krause, just like everybody else, got drunk on success and power, he was just a lot less likable than the players and Jackson were.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    I normally agree with anything you say, but am surprised you liked the trade of a white guy (Perdue) for a black guy (Rodman). That's so unlike you.

  • It might have been Olden Polynice, whom the Bulls still drafted but traded for Pippen, I think.

  • I think the biggest thing about the whole breakup was that none of those guys was ready individually to ride off into the sunset so to speak, but as a group they were. They might have won the next year, but after that it would have been ugly. Pippen wasn't young enough to rebuild the team around, Jackson wouldn't have wanted to go through several years of rebuilding and Krause was a tinkerer. All of those guys were great at what they did and had huge egos so nobody should be surprised it end acrimoniously. 10 years and 6 championships is an incredible feat that really only one other team has accomplished in a similar way. Krause was as instrumental in that as anybody else.

  • Cartwright and Grant were a better combo defensively than Oakley and Grant would have been. And most importantly, the team would win 3 straight titles, its hard to imagine Oakley doing any better...

  • That was my point...but AssWarrior wanted to get personal. I was just giving my opinion on the guy's analysis. There is nothing wrong with that. I didn't criticize his opinion, I just had a different one.

  • In reply to Houston:

    Don't lie punk. You said I was licking Doug's ass when I never had even spoke to/with you before. Don't play innocent. You personally insulted me telling me not to lick another man's ass. You're a punk and a phony. Back off my shit dumb ass.

  • Understood, I understand the disillusionment, but I don't understand a lot of the reactions. Cleveland should be the only ones upset because of how it was handled. Miami gives Lebron a great chance to win...and he seems to want to play with his friends. I think he is still a big kid, when he matures more, he too will see the error of his ways.

  • I'm pretty sure that was Scottie.

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