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Scottie Pippen now immortalized at United Center

Apr 8, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

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It was fitting.

Michael Jordan is soaring high, larger than life outside the United Center.

Now, inside the building and in full color, Scottie Pippen has his eyes on everything.

The Bulls unveiled a bust of Pippen at halftime of their trouncing of Boston Thursday night. The statue of the Bulls legend will be displayed inside the United Center as a tribute.

Pippen was unquestionably a key cog in the Bulls dynasty era, but few would have pictured this honor when he left the Bulls organization on bad terms in 1998. Now he now a regular fixture at games with courtside seats. In the playoffs he will be doing game broadcasts for CSN Chicago. He is again part of the Bulls family.

He needed to be honored in a way that distinguished him from Jordan — while the two are forever linked through titles their roles were different, their styles different.

This is fitting. Pippen was gracious in his acceptance and threw bouquets to the Bulls fans throughout his talk.

Those fans — and Pippen — went home happy. Good times are back with the Bulls. And as part of that, honoring Pippen is fitting.

  1. loungefly74 - Apr 8, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    good for Pippen. he desrves it. he played a pivitol role in da bull’s 6 titles. Like Kobe and Shaq, Montana/Young and Rice, Trammell/Whitaker (wow, going back there a little)…MJ and Pip should always thank each other for the success they brought together.

  2. pdub923 - Apr 8, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    So… you’re saying it was fitting?

  3. blueintown - Apr 8, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    A fitting tribute. Thought I’m not sure center court was the best spot to erect it.

  4. philtration - Apr 8, 2011 at 10:04 PM

    The people that bash Pippen for playing on the same team with Jordan know nothing about him or basketball.
    It is like ripping Magic for playing with Kareem.

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