Scottie Maurice Pippen played for the Chicago Bulls. He won six NBA titles with the Bulls. Pippen and Michael Jordan helped make basketball an international sport and cement the Bulls’ legacy.
Pippen is a seven-time NBA All-Star and one-time All-Star Game MVP. He’s been named to the All-NBA First Team three times, the All-NBA Second Team twice, the All-NBA Third Team twice, and the NBA All-Defensive First Team eight times.
However, his net worth is 20 million dollars. The Arkansas native won an NBA title and an Olympic gold medal in the same year twice, in 1992 and 1996.
Pippen played 12 years for the Bulls, 4 for the Trail Blazers, and 1 for the Rockets. Pippen was one of the 50 Greatest NBA Players at the league’s 50th anniversary in 1997.
Scottie Pippen was born in Hamburg, Arkansas, on September 25, 1965. Scottie, at 6’8″, is the tallest of Ethel and Preston’s children. Preston worked at a paper mill before a stroke paralysed his right side. He couldn’t speak or move. In 1990, he died.
Early on, Pippen loved basketball. As a child, he wanted to make the game-winning shot in the seventh NBA final. He played basketball for Hamburg High School’s Lions.
Despite his high school performance, college scouts weren’t interested, so he enrolled at UCA in Conway. In 93 games for Central Arkansas Bears from 1983 through 1987, he averaged 17.2 points.
Scottie Pippen was the fifth overall choice in the 1987 NBA draught. They traded him for Olden Polynice and draught picks.
On November 7, 1987, he made his NBA debut against the Philadelphia 76ers and helped the Bulls win their season opener. He averaged 7.9 ppg in 79 games in his rookie season.
In 1988-89, he played 73 games, started 56, and averaged 14.4 ppg. Jordan, a team senior, mentored the Arkansas rookie.
Pippen’s play improved the next season, and he made his NBA All-Star debut. He was a promising young forward around the turn of the century.
Phil Jackson used Pippen to his greatest potential during the 1990-91 season. Pippen was a vital defensive stopper in Jackson’s triangle offence.
In 1990-91, he started all 82 games and averaged 17.8 ppg. His playoff form was outstanding. The Bulls won their first NBA title with his 21.6 points per game.
He keyed the Bulls’ first three-peat. In 82 regular season games and 22 playoff games, he averaged 21.0 points per game.
Finals: Bulls beat Trail Blazers 4–2.
He averaged 18.6 points per game in 1992-93 and 20.1 in the playoffs.
Jordan’s Bulls beat Charles Barkley’s Phoenix Suns 4–2 in the finals.
After Jordan’s first retirement, the Bulls made significant adjustments before 1993-94.
Pippen led the team in his absence. He led the squad to the playoffs with a career-high 22.0 ppg.
Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Knicks was his most controversial moment. The Bulls needed to win game 3 to make the conference finals. Jackson devised a play where youngster Toni Kuko would take the last shot while Pippen inbounded.
Pippen, who led the squad without Jordan, was furious. He refused to re-enter court and stayed on the bench.
Jackson left the court quickly after Kuko made the winning shot and the Bulls triumphed. Steve Kerr, a Bulls player at the time, said he didn’t know what went into Pippen because he was usually a team guy.
Pippen averaged 21.4 points per game in 79 games sans Jordan. He took the squad to the playoffs again, but they lost in the East semifinals.
The Bulls constructed their team around Jordan, Rodman, and two-time champion Dennis Rodman. 72 wins and 10 losses was an NBA record at the time.
Pippen averaged 19.4 points per game in 1995-96. He played 18 playoff games and averaged 16.9 points per game, helping his team win the NBA title.
Pippen’s contributions in the next two seasons ensured the Bulls’ second three-peat. In 1997, he injured his foot in the Eastern Conference semifinals but played in the NBA finals and helped the Bulls win.
The bulls won 4-2. The Bulls completed the three-peat by beating the Jazz in 1998.
Pippen was traded to the Houston Rockets for the 1998-99 season before joining the Portland Trail Blazers.
He finished his NBA career with the Chicago Bulls in 2003-04, averaging 16.1 points per game in the regular season and 17.5 in the playoffs.
Scottie Pippen won two gold medals with the U.S. He was in “The Dream Team” for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
The delegation featured Pippen, Jordan, Barkley, Johnson, and Bird. They won the gold medal against Croatia after defeating opponents by 44 points on average.
Atlanta 1996 was no exception. Pippen and Barkley remained as Jordan and Bird retired. “Dream Team 3” beat Yugoslavia to win the gold medal.
In 2008, Pippen played for Helsinki’s Torpan Pojat and Sweden’s Sundsvall Dragons before retiring.
Pippen is twice married. 1988: He married Karen McCollum. 1987 brought them Antron. He married Larsa Younan in 1997 after their 1990 divorce. Sophia, Justin, Preston, and Scottie Jr. Sierra and Taylor are Pippen’s other daughters.
Pippen appears in TV series and movies. Many songs mention the Bulls, the Dream Team, or Pippin. About him, there is much literature.