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Scottie Pippen to enter Hall of Fame with Jordan introduction

Aug 9, 2010, 7:35 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for jordan-pippen.jpgCould it really have been any other way?

Friday night Scottie Pippen will rightfully take his place along side the game’s all-time greats in the Hall of Fame. He will be introduced at the induction ceremony by Michael Jordan.

Michael Jordan was enshrined last year. We can only hope that his introduction speech for Pippen is as entertaining as his induction speech last year. Jeff Van Gundy and Bryon Russell take cover.

Pippen is getting a second introduction, and Jordan a second as well, as part of the 1992 Dream Team. That was the team that changed how America dealt with its Olympians, sending our best professionals not just college kids. (Much like the also-to-be-inducted 1960 team changed who we sent from AAU kids to college players.)

Pippen is rarely mentioned without Jordan. His career and profile was both helped and overshadowed by Jordan. People asked why LeBron James would want to go to Miami and “be Pippen,” as if being a guy with six rings and one of the 50 greatest players of all time was somehow an insult. Pippen is an all-time great getting his just rewards. And MJ welcoming him to the hall just seems fitting.

  1. hnirobert - Aug 9, 2010 at 9:38 PM

    Hopefully Michael doesn’t make the introduction about himself.

  2. JeanValjean - Aug 9, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    I hope it doesn’t turn into another “Me, Myself, and Jordan” session. Come on MJ, give Pippen the credit he’s been deserving all along.

  3. Cognitive1s - Aug 9, 2010 at 11:04 PM

    YEAH PIPPEN!!!! Dont let them forget the CHEATED the BULLS and you in 1994 with that PHANTOM call in Madison Square Garden that kept you out of the NBA Finals, the 1st year of Jordan’s retirement. Pippen deserves his place in HOF history

  4. TruthSquad - Aug 9, 2010 at 11:32 PM

    IT would be bad@$$ of the two of the rocked their uni’s, champagne bottles, and championship rings for this legendary coronation.
    Pip and MJ in the same room on a meaningful and epic stage for the last time in my lifetime.
    Well earned and well played, Pippen!!!

  5. bobby from the job - Aug 10, 2010 at 12:04 AM

    ” People asked why LeBron James would want to go to Miami and “be Pippen,” as if being a guy with six rings and one of the 50 greatest players of all time was somehow an insult”
    that statement sounds ridiculous! Lebron is a “superstar” going to play a supporting role, whereas Pip was drafted to come in and help MJ build a contender, two totally different things! Lebron clearly lacks the balls to hold it down by himself as a leader. No matter how many rings he may win, he will never be considered “great” by my standards, maybe to you youngins but not to any true ol school ballers.Lebron copped out! To mention him in the same breath as Pippen is an insult. If Pip was the lone superstar on his team like Lebron was, I doubt he would have bolted that team to go join another guy. This new breed of athlete, entertainers etc are just hollow shells of what we fans have come to expect. Where are al the real players at?
    I’d take the ol skool over these losers any day!
    Jerry Rice or Terrel Owens
    Pippen or Lebron
    Hank Aaron or Barry Bonds
    Chumps like Lebron wanna take the easy way out instead of letting it all hang out and what happens happens. Cheating on your S.A.T’s may give you a perfect score but it wont make you any smarter. Lebron is a prime example of why men need to stay home and raise their kids, and hopefully instill some values in there besides accolades!

  6. Robj - Aug 10, 2010 at 9:43 AM

    One of the 50 Greatest and STILL one of the most underrated players ever.
    Scottie Pippen could score 10 pts in a game and still have a tremendous effect. One of the best team defenders I’ve ever seen. Helped define the ‘Point Forward’ role. Solid rebounder.
    Could (and did) put up 40 pts when he got hot, but deferred to Jordan 95% of the time.
    Jordan wins maybe 2 or 3 rings with him.

  7. terry - Aug 10, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    Way to go, Pip – you earned it!

  8. Manny - Aug 10, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    I would just like to say that for Scottie Pippen to enter into the Hall of Fame, the NBA really got this one right. I think that for someone who played at a high level and win the kind of games that he won- all while accepting his role as support for Michael Jordan, is something that kids growing up needs to see.
    See for Scottie Pippen to go to the Hall, it teaches children that you really don’t have to have the ego. You really don’t have to be the “go-to” guy on the team. What you really have to do is be a good teammate. As a matter of fact, be the best teammate you can be. That’s the secret of award-winning basketball: doing the best you can to make your teammates look better.
    By doing what Pippen did: making the pass, getting the rebound, putting up that staunch defense, making circus shots and being consistent on offense- that actually made Jordan look even BETTER. The reason why is because when Jordan had a bad night, the Bulls looked to Pippen to carry the team. When Jordan was hurt, the Bulls became Pippen’s team. And when Jordan couldn’t do something, Jordan would look for Pippen to help him out.
    I wouldn’t call Pippen underrated, though. I mean, he’s going to the Hall of Fame. But Pippen’s job was a hard and often thankless one: the role of the soldier.

  9. Ron Brown - Aug 10, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    Its too bad that many sports fan don’t understand that this is a business where for the 1st time thanks to players and union reps from the past that demands providing an even playing field have come to fruition. Athletes now have the freedom to make some business decisions that were not possible years ago. I applaud lebron, Wade and Bosh for taking their future into their own hands. I applaud karl Malone and others like him that in his last year he attempted the same. Kareem left Milwaukee after giving them a championship to leave for better environment. Kevin garnett said it best, if he knew then what he knew now, he would have left Minnesota years ago and teamed up with 1-2 other star players to compete for a championship and not waste his best years on a team with no chance. Team owners have done it since their inception, made business decisions that benfit them and not the players and that is smart.

  10. jblakers42 - Aug 10, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    this is my thing, why do so many people think JORDAN is gonna try and still the spotlight from PIPPEN…
    this is what showed me what JORDAN was all about…
    JORDAN is about order….
    during the pregame segment of the 1996 nba all star game, JORDAN and PIPPEN were conducting an interview together…..
    and I’ll never forget this….MICHAEL JORDAN told the world point blank “SCOTTIE is the best player in the league and is the leader of our team”…JORDAN said that, even after all that he had accomplished, even after retiring from the NBA in 93, leaving as the most celebrated basketball player of all time….
    MICHAEL had the presence to acknowledge that he shouldn’t be viewed as the leader of the bulls after the way SCOTTIE carried that team for 2 seasons prior to his return….even though MIKE built that team from the time of his rookie season thru 1993, he gave props to SCOTTIE on national tv…..
    MIKE didn’t want distinctions handed to him if he didn’t deserve it, he had to grow back into that role by working on his game until it reached the same level he had achieved before his first retirement…..
    when I saw that, I had a brand new appreciation for JORDAN than I ever did….
    and that’s what allowed SCOTTIE to evolve back into his supporting role w/the team because he knew that would elevate the teams chemistry, propelling them to a 70 win season….
    and all of this is coming from a LAKER/KOBE BRYANT fan….
    congrats SCOTTIE….

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