A walkon in the University of Central Arkansas, Pippen became one of college basketball’s greatest players and was picked fifth overall in the 1987 NBA draft.
The youngest of Preston and Ethel Pippen’s 12 kids, Scottie played both football and basketball as a young lad.
During his senior year at Hamburg High School he directed the team to the state playoffs and earned all-conference honours. Maybe scared off by his slight body—he stood only 6’1″ and weighed 150 pounds—no school offered him a basketball scholarship.
His freshman year, nevertheless, Pippen ended up making the team as a walkon. During the following four seasons, Pippen’s increase in height—he eventually stood 6’8″—was matched by his stature among other toplevel NCAA players.
With his broad wingspan and apparently unmatched capability to protect, score and rebound at will, Pippen was a favorite among NBA scouts. In the 1987 NBA Draft, the Seattle Supersonics chosen the power forward with the fifth overall pick. Just a couple of weeks after, Pippen was traded to the Chicago Bulls for ultimate journeyman Olden Polynice as well as a draft pick, to team up with Michael Jordan as well as a crew of other young players.
Carrying out a small rookie year, Pippen blossomed during the 1988-89 season—his first as a starter—helping turn a fighting Bulls team into a playoff competition.
In the spring of 1991, Pippen and Jordan led the Bulls to the very first of three back-to-back NBA titles, getting the better of Magic Johnson as well as the Los Angeles Lakers in the finals. During another seven seasons, the Bulls continued to win, getting six NBA titles in all.
While Jordan was the face of the team’s success, Pippen, along with his versatility as a scorer and defensive player, was arguably just as crucial to the club’s run. During his 17-year career, Pippen was a seven-time All Star and eight-time member of the NBA’s All Defensive First Team.
In 1992, Pippen joined Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird as well as a slew of other NBA greats to form the initial Olympic “Dream Team.” The team won the gold medal in the Summer Games in Barcelona, Spain, and in Atlanta in 1996, Pippen won Olympic gold to get another time. The exact same year, he was named among the “50 Greatest Players in NBA History.”
In 2010, the power forward was inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Scottie Pippen has been married twice and is the father of five kids. Since retiring in the NBA, Pippen, who lives in Florida, has been employed as a basketball analyst, for the Bulls too as for ESPN and ABC. Also, he is worked as a special assistant trainer for the Los Angeles Lakers as well as the Bulls.