Give them the stink face when they diss Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen.
I hate people who hate on Scottie Pippen. The douche bags who believe that they are the alpha males will view the “Scottie Pippen” tag as the kiss of death. His name has become English’s replacement of “sidekick,” “Robin,” and “assistant.” Try to look up the words and you’ll see Pippen’s face. That kind of legacy is kick ass. Ask Patrick Ewing if being Pippen is bad. He’ll probably dunk and stand over you.
This man is a Hall of Famer. He made 8 defensive first teams; 10 defensive teams in all. He made 7 All NBA squads. He’s a 7 time All Star and 2 time Olympic gold medalist. One more thing – Mister Pippen has six championships. Being Pippen has been kick ass. His career averages: 16.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 2 steals. What’s so sacrilegious about that?
Tracy McGrady would love to have Scottie’s accomplishments. Karl Malone, Charles Barkley, Reggie Miller, John Stockton, Vince Carter, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Chris Webber, Dirk Nowitzki, Chris Mullin, and Steve Nash would sacrifice their left nut to have Pippen’s achievements. Even Charles Oakley, the man who bitch slapped him as a rookie, has to be astonished at the shadow that Pippen casted. The man went from an unknown walk-on working as an equipment manager at Central Arkansas to 6-time NBA championship Hall of Famer. His journey is just as good as Kurt Warner’s.
Many will agree that Pippen failed as an alpha dog during the 1993-1994 season. He refused to play during the last possession against the Knicks in a playoff game. Phil Jackson opted to draw up the last shot for rookie Toni Kukoc instead. Kukoc made the game winner, but we do not remember that. We remember Pippen as he sat and sulked. That was his lowest point yet it was bad ass to witness because the emotions were real. The situation was raw. How would you think and feel if you were in his shoes?
Phil Jackson’s premise was probably to have Scottie as a diversion with the inbounds because the Knicks were expecting Pippen to take the last shot. Instead, Kukoc will take it. Think about Pip’s perspective. He’s trying to get out of Michael Jordan’s shadow. He’s been the team leader all year averaging 22.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and league leading 2.9 steals. He also won the All Star game MVP. The team has been hyping him up. Rightfully so, he was having an MVP caliber season. He wanted to prove that the Bulls can win without Jordan. P. Jax instilled that confidence. In one fell swoop, he took that away. People forget to acknowledge that Phil Jackson shares half of the blame, too.
That was life. That happens to the best of us. That can happen to anyone.
Admire Scottie Pippen for staying humble and putting away ego while playing with Michael Jordan. We can learn from him. I can’t do it because I have ego. We all do. Then again, just shut up and do it for Pippen’s sake. It is perfectly fine to be a consigliore to win. Casual fans please remember that not only he was a great player with insane defensive skills, but also revolutionized the small forward position by becoming a point forward. Grant Hill and LeBron James copy this style blatantly.
Being Pippen is great, but it ain’t easy. Not many can do it.
Credits to AJ Johnson for the awesome editing.