What should Scottie's statue be?

The Bulls are honoring Scottie Pippen with a statue per Bulls.com

The Chicago Bulls have plans to unveil a bronze statue of Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen that will be displayed permanently in the United Center at some point towards the end of the 2010-11 season.

"Not only is Scottie Pippen one of the greatest players to ever wear a Bulls uniform, but he's among the best players in history of the league to play the game," said Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. "He had a tremendous impact in bringing six world championships to Chicago and there is no better way to pay tribute to him than with a permanent statue that honors his inspirational career."

The statue will be crafted by Omri and Julie Rotblatt-Amrany of Highland Park, Ill., who also sculpted the famous Michael Jordan statue which was unveiled in January 1994 in conjunction with Jordan's No. 23 jersey retirement.

"Words really can't express my feelings," Pippen told Bulls.com. "It's an unbelievable honor and truly amazing. It's something you dream of as a kid growing up, but you can never foresee those childhood fantasies becoming reality. You see statues of individuals who have done great things and made their mark on history, but as a basketball player, you never really think about arriving at this point. It's an amazing honor for the Chicago Bulls to do this for me."

 

So the real question is, what should Scottie's statue look like.  Jordan had the Air Jordan pose which was fairly obvious, for Scottie, you could do a few things, but two basic concepts immediately come to mind.

First, you throw him in your basic defensive stance, arms spread out, ready to pounce.   It's well representative of him being perhaps the greatest perimeter defender of all time.

Second you show him standing over Patrick Ewing after the dunk stairing down at him, throwing the punch and all.   One of the most bad ass moments in Bulls history, and certainly Pippen's most bad ass individual highlight.

Any other good ideas for the Pippen statue?

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  • His dunk over Patrick Ewing.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SYmae9FhkQ

    FYI:

    Team USA beat Greece 87-59. Derrick Rose was named the game's MVP.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    That is the first thing that came to my mind too, the nuts in the face of Patrick Ewing dunk....best dunk ever!

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    me too.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    *Statute. Sorry, but that was incredibly bothersome.

  • In reply to seacow21:

    I can't read! My brain is one fire. I am seeing "statutes", but you wrote statue. My sincerest apology.

  • In reply to seacow21:

    Pip dunking on Ewing would be UNREAL....that would be sick lol

    Or like you guys said, in a defensive stance with his arms spread out.

    I like Pip carrying MJ, but i think Pip needs his own 1st.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    Yeah, the Ewing-teabag dunk is a classic... I do love this dunk especially since I had a severe rivalry with a Knicks fan at the time. THAT was EMBARASSING! In fact, you could easily add Ewing getting stuffed on to MJ's statue as well!

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Defensive stance or stretched out reaching/diving to make a steal, maybe with basketball on his fingertips.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    TEAM USA vs. GREECE BOX SCORE:

    http://espn.go.com/extra/fiba/boxscore?gameId=300827930

    Rose - 0 turnovers and 2 steals...that's nice work.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Thanks for the box score. Much appreciated, not easy to find.

  • In reply to Edward:

    Edward,

    Finally ESPN released one early. USA basketball takes forever to release it.

  • In reply to Edward:

    What if the made his statue based on this moment?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIzrYcgfOH4

    That was a CLASSIC image of Pippen holding up MJ.

  • In reply to Edward:

    On the other hand, this was a trademark game for Scottie Pippen.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbjBJy6AWQA

    It could make for a really cool statue.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    How about capturing Scottie's diving steal of the inbound pass to clinch the '97 title? It's hard to capture Scottie's defense without also showing another player, but I think it would be great to somehow show Scottie defending Magic also.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Wow, I didn't know they were doing this! Maaan, that's gonna be one ugly statue though...

  • In reply to turdburglar:

    RPK,

    I was thinking the same thing.

  • In reply to turdburglar:

    you put a pippens statute right behind jordan's, to insinuate that pippen will always be in jordan's shadow. ( just kidding, scottie pippen is both a great guy and a great basketball player, i'd go with the defensives stances).

  • In reply to turdburglar:

    Doug,

    You've been putting up lots of stories during your least favorite month of the year, but you're missing the most important topic!

    I haven't seen a single mention of the Luvabulls tryouts!

    Let's get our priorities straight, people. It's time to STEP UP. I expect a story tomorrow (with lots of pictures included).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fubL-f5KDWU&feature=related

  • Can we get a Doberman in there somewhere?

  • How bout a still frame from here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ySvyx2cMPY

  • I say place Scotties statue right beside Jordan's with some space in the middle with him in a opposite dunking pose. That way fans can take one picture of the two statues. Two of the greatest Bulls and duos to ever play the game.

  • Does anyone else see the irony in Reinsdorf's effusive praise of Scottie and giving him a statue, yet he adamantly refused to renegotiate Scottie's contract and pay pay him like a star while he was winning 6 titles?

  • In reply to Edward:

    I don't think Reinsdorf's praise is incompatible with his unwillingness to renegotiate Scottie's contract. Reinsdorf didn't even renegotiate Jordan's long-term deal that left him severely underpaid, so why would he do it for Scottie?

    Plus, I would think that part of Scottie's role as ambassador is to give Scottie a chance with his debt.

  • GREAT STORY ABOUT LUOL DENG:

    Everyone should check this out.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/olympic_games/world_olympic_dreams/8940294.stm

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I sometimes wonder if Deng is too good of a person to be nasty enough to win in the NBA. As a person, he is a champion but as a basketball player, does he want to mentally play games with the other team etc??

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    schaum,

    I have to agree with you there.

    It seems to me like his charity work comes first and basketball comes second.

    What he is doing for the Sudan and Africa is great, but it won't win games.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Part of me actually admires your passion for winning and disdain for the rest of humanity.

    Adam Smith would be proud.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    This is my #3 favorite Scottie moment, behind the two already mentioned (Ewing and carrying Michael):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhwSGU7T8Vw&feature=youtube_gdata_player
    I say go for the Ewing pose. Patrick doesn't have to be in the statue, just put the pose and we'll know what it means. It's fierce. More intimidating to opponents.
    But the Bulls are sometimes too classy for their own good...my money's on a defensive stance.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    By the way...I know it's been a good decade since their was any rivalry to speak of...but...
    F*** the Knicks, man.

    I had to listen all year in Puerto Rico to the "we're getting LeBron" BS. New York is a basketball Calcutta. But at least in Calcutta they know they live in a shithole. New Yorkers can't shut up about how great of a basketball legacy they have.

    I know Miami is the new New York (and probably has been since Posey hockey-checked Hinrich), but just close your eyes and picture John Starks and tell me you don't want to scream New York Sucks. Shut the hell up Alicea Keys.

  • In reply to Davidmon5:

    Yeah, they're also going to get Ricky Rubio for a second round pick (since they don't have any first rounders) AND sign Carmello and Chris Paul... It just never ends. I hate NY-especially the Knicks (and the Yankees).

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    This may be hard to re-create as a statue, but I used to love when a player would post him up down low and when the entry pass would come in, Pip would reach around in front of him and steal the ball and start the fast break. It would be cool if the statue was of him reaching/moving his body around the defender and intercepting the ball.

    The Ewing dunk pose, while awesome, is probably unlikely.

  • well i think it's fair to say the only reason they are building a statue for scottie is because of dwade calling out the bulls....hahahaha

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  • The statue I would LOVE to see would be Scottie almost carrying MJ off the court in the Utah series. I think there should be one of JUST Scottie first... but I think this is an ICONIC image of just how important the two were to each other on those Championship Teams. It symbolizes that even when Michael put it all on the line for the Bull's to win... he still needed Scottie there to help carry the load.

  • How bout the hug pic with him and MJ after Mj's flu game?

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