December 2005 - Posts

There's an article/video interview of former Bull Scottie Pippen available on ESPN.com worth checking out. From the article:

There are a lot of ways we could remember dear old Scottie. Six-time champion. Master of the all-around game. Lockdown defender for the ages. Prototype for the athlete everyone's trying to find in today's NBA, a 6-7 small forward able to play any of four positions.

But you always come back to one word, a second-fiddle moniker that will stick with Pippen, fairly or unfairly, for as long as his No. 33 hangs alongside the Bulls' six championship banners from the '90s. Sidekick.

Personally I don't think there's anything wrong with being a sidekick. I'd rather be a top notch player playing alongside the greatest player ever (MJ) and winning six championships, then be a Steve Francis or Tracy McGrady - someone who has much talent, but who will likely never obtain one ring, let along more than can fit on a single hand. And, not surprisingly, that's the sentiment Scottie echos in his interview: “I feel it was a very unique situation to play with the greatest player to ever play the game. Why would I ever want to change that?”

Of course, those who followed the Bulls in the 80s/90s will always associate Pippen with those 1.8 seconds he sat out in the playoffs against the Knicks because Phil Jackson didn't draw up the last second shot for Scottie. I remember watching that game. After Kukoc made the shot and the Bulls won, Jim Gray (I think) noted that Scottie was absent from the play because he was upset in the timeout because the shot wasn't drawn up for him. I remember feeling so disappointed and ashamed for Scottie, to an amazing degree considering that I don't know the man personally. But I just remember sitting there, the euphoria of Toni's made basket erased, thinking, “Scottie, how could you do that to your team? You are a better human being than that.” I guess that's what happens when you grow up idolizing these sports stars - you eventually find out they're no less human than you or the next guy. Everyone makes mistakes in life, and pro atheletes are no exception. While Pippen kind of skirts the 1.8 second matter, I suspect he regrets his decision and, had he to do it over again, would have been on the floor.

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