Scottie Pippen, nicknamed “Pip” is one of the best basketball players in the world. He is a two time Olympic Gold Medal winner (in years 1992 and 1996). He was also awarded the Most Valuable Player in NBA All-Star Games in year 1994, was selected as one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history in 1996, was named to the All-NBA First Team three times and NBA All-Defensive First Team eight consecutive times. These are just few of his accolades. Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame states “The multidimensional Pippen who ran the court like a point guard, attacked the boards like a power forward, and swished the nets like a shooting guard. A seven-time All Star, Pippen went to the basket equally well with either hand and his effortless release on his jump shot meant defenders were at his mercy no matter what the situation”
During his career which lasted for 17 years, he played twelve seasons with Chicago Bulls, one season with Houston Rockets and 4 seasons with Portland Trail Blazers. In his maiden year at NBA (1987), Pippen was traded by Seattle Supersonics to Chicago Bulls, the team in which he made his NBA debut on 7th November, 1987. During his 23 minute play he scored 10 points, made 2 steals, 4 assists and 1 rebound. His teammate Michael Jordan helped him enhance his skills and alongside they won 6 NBA titles and a record season of 72 wins during 1995-1996.
Early Years and Personal Life
Scottie Maurice Pippen was born on 25th September, 1965, in Hamburg, Arkansas. He is the youngest of 12 children to Preston and Ethel Pippen. His father worked in a paper mill, but was unable to continue his job due to a stroke which paralyzed his right side. "We managed," said Ethel at age 73. "We had gardens. We always had something to eat. It might not have been what they wanted, but we had plenty of food. To this day, Scottie says he doesn't like peas." Scottie was a standout basketball player at Hamburg High School and the University of Central Arkansas. Though he was a talented sportsman but didn’t receive any special scholarships. To complete his education he earned by working as a team manager and in summers he also worked as welder that left scars on his arms.
Scottie’s early personal life had been rather turbulent. He has a son Antron, with his first wife Karen McCollum, with whom he was married in 1988 and later divorced in 1990. Pippen also has a daughter, Taylor Pippen, with former girlfriend and model Sonya Roby. In May 1995, Pippen was arrested on charges laid by former fiancée Yvette De Leon, who accused him of grabbing her arm and pushing her. Though police dropped the charges after Yvette’s mother refused to testify against Pippen. He has a daughter Sierra Pippen, with Yvette. He later married Larsa Younan in year 1997, with whom he has four children, Sophia Pippen, Justin Pippen, Preston Pippen, and Scottie Pippen. During an interview with Peter Castro in year 1996, Pippen said "I want someone that's kind of independent," he says, "and someone whose life is not just built around this 'superstar.' Plus I want someone who is going to be loving to me."
Pippen is 6.7 feet tall and weighs 228 lbs. Considered as one of the best small forwards, Pippen played the first 11 seasons (1987-1998) of his career with Chicago Bulls, the next 1 season (1998-1999) for Houston Rockets, the next 4 years (1999-2003) with Portland Trail Blazers and the last season (2003-2004) again with Chicago Bulls. He reached the playoffs for 16 consecutive seasons, however didn’t make it to playoffs at his last season when he returned to Chicago Bulls.
In his maiden 1987 season, Scottie scored an average of 7.9 points per game. In his total play of 79 games this season he had played an average of 20.9 minutes per game. During Playoffs he played 29.4 minutes per game for 10 games, where he scored on average 10 points per game. In 1988-89 season he played for 33.1 minutes per game in 73 games and scored 14.4 points per game. In 1989 Playoffs he played 36.4 minutes per game for 17 games and scored 13.1 points per game.
His best regular season was 1993-94 where he scored on average 22 points per game in 72 games he played during the season. He played for 38.3 minutes per game on average. In Playoffs his best season was again 1994, when he scored 22.8 point per game and played for 38.4 minutes per game for 10 games. In 1989-90 season he played for 38.4 minutes per game in 82 games and scored 16.5 points per game. In 1990 Playoffs he played 40.8 minutes per game for 15 games and scored 19.3 points per game.To sum up Pippen scored 16.1 points per game in 1178 regular season games he played in his career. In All-Star NBA games he scored 12.1 points per game during his game play of 24.7 minutes per game in 7 All-Star games. Scottie has played a total of 208 Playoff games in which he scored on an average 17.5 points per game.
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Scottie Pippen is also one of the four players whose basketball jersey was retired by the Chicago Bulls (other 3 players are Jerry Sloan, Bob Love, and Michael Jordan). Chicago Bulls retired his basketball jersey #33 on 8th November, 2005 and his college (University of Central Arkansas) retired his #33 basketball jersey on 21st January, 2010. For all Scottie Pippen fans, Boriz Lifestyles has a wide collection of basketball jerseys for sale and is the best place where to buy basketball jerseys.