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Scottie Pippen writes open motivational letter to Bulls

May 1, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

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You may have given up on the Bulls with Derrick Rose out — not in this round against the Sixers, but their title hopes — but Scottie Pippen hasn’t.

Which makes total sense because when the best player on those 1990s Bulls teams went away for a couple years the Bulls didn’t slow down or quit, they kept right on… oh, wait.

Still, Pippen is trying to rally the troops with an open letter to the team on

With what happened to Derrick in Game 1, it would be easy to hang your heads right now. You could lose sight of the ultimate goal and give up before the rest of the games have even been played. But I know that’s not even a consideration for this group. And that’s exactly why you’ll make me, Derrick, the organization, and the city of Chicago so proud.

To a man, it’s time for each of you to take a look in the mirror. Decide who you really are and what you represent as a basketball player. Reflect on what you have brought to the table for your team all season long and why you’re a valuable member of the Bulls. Because all of you have contributed to this team’s incredible success. Ask yourself what you can do for the team moving forward. Whether it’s through your verbal leadership or diving on the floor after a loose ball, it’s going to be all about grinding it out moving forward. If there is one piece of advice I can offer you, it’s to put every last ounce of effort you have out there to make everyone proud—Derrick, the fans, and first and foremost, yourself….

Just go out there and play hard. Play your best. Leave everything you’ve got on the floor. Yes, you lost one of your brothers—a warrior in every sense of the word—but I know and you know you’ve still got a lot of fight left. You’re still the best team in the NBA until an opponent proves otherwise. So go out there and play like it. You’ve earned that much with Derrick along the way, but you also won a lot of games without him. It’s time to meet the challenge.

Nice words. Beating the Sixers is one thing. Getting past the Celtics or Hawks because you still have an advantage along the front line and good defense is possible. But when it comes to the Heat…

But cross that bridge when you come to it. For now, Pippen has your back, Bulls.

  1. cantonbound13 - May 1, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    This clown would be nobody if it wasn’t for MJ.

    • cordae - May 1, 2012 at 7:04 PM

      Shows how much you watch basketball, MJ would be a nobody without him.

    • pudgalvin - May 1, 2012 at 7:21 PM

      And FYI, the two years Pippen played with the Bulls without MJ he put LBJ numbers, 22 points, 9 boards, 6 assists on 50% shooting.

  2. xli2006 - May 1, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    No chance the Bulls win the East let alone a Title without Rose. I like the message from Pippen, but let’s be realistic.

  3. wittenisgod - May 1, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    No one without Jordan :/ suppose wade is no one without James

  4. edweird0 - May 1, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Let’s be real now…

  5. hwatt - May 1, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Good job, Pip!

  6. quizguy66 - May 1, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    It’s interesting. Pippen has no problem rooting for his old team to win a championship. Somehow I get the feeling that the gentleman who runs the newly-crowned worst team in the history of the NBA wants that to be the last thing to happen. Even if he wasn’t involved with that franchise down south or any other NBA team I think he’s got in the back of his mind the idea that he’d be diminished if someone else was able to win it all in the place that he did it.

    Good on Pippen for wanting to see his old club’s trophy case expanded – even if he’s not a part of it.


  7. boondocksaint224 - May 1, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Pippen doesn’t write that letter if the Bulls aren’t paying him. Otherwise, he couldn’t care less. He goes and sucks LeBron off, then remembers that the Bulls are the ones signing his paycheck, then it’s “Go Bulls!”.

    No reason to pay any attention to what he says.

  8. patriots55 - May 1, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    No way they win a championship this year even with rose heat are too strong

  9. rollteal - May 1, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Well at least it was the thought that counts ? SP

  10. gor76 - May 1, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    After thinking about this for 1.8 seconds, I agree with Pippen.

  11. cweb8123 - May 1, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Leave it all on the floor and make your team and yourself proud huh? Wasn’t he the one that refused to get on the court at the end of the game because Kukoc was giong to take the last shot and not him, while Jordan was retired?

  12. dadawg77 - May 1, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    If Hugh Hollins didnt make one of the worse calls in NBA history, Scottie would have lead the Jordanless Bulls to the Finals.

  13. asublimeday - May 1, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    If Hugh Hollins didnt make one of the worse calls in NBA history, Scottie would have lead the Jordanless Bulls to the Finals.
    Careful, you’re using logic to try and defeat trolls.

  14. gregrod2 - May 1, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Really, Cordae! I dont remember seeing any air pippen shoes around the world! Your an idiot!

    • davidly - May 2, 2012 at 6:47 AM

      It’s about the shoes, huh?

      • cltjump - May 2, 2012 at 10:08 AM

        It’s gotta be the shoes!

  15. AlohaMrHand - May 1, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Dear Bulls,

    can you lend me a few bucks?Im runnin a little low
    your pal


  16. glink123 - May 1, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    meanwhile, LeBron is ramming his cawk up Dewayne’s chocolate starfish.

  17. dolphinatic - May 1, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    Maybe Toni Kuclutch should have written this…If I do recall Pip was known as sitting Bull when Mike was chasing curve balls. Great player but I wouldn’t listen to him on this or money matters . Judo Chop.

  18. slippyal2 - May 1, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    “You’re still the best team in the NBA until an opponent proves otherwise”

    That is such b.s., they are not the defending champions or have the best record in the league. Who crowned their asses Scottie? I know that he is trying to rally his team, but that line was b.s.

  19. canehouse - May 1, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Apparently it did not have it’s desired effect. Bulls are not going very far… after tonight’s “spirited” showing… not sure they beat Philly 4 times. Assume they do… most likely will have the C’s waiting for them. Bye Bye!

  20. canehouse - May 1, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Boozer, Korver, Watson, Deng, and Noah… not exactly what comes to mind when i think about a team that could challenge for the Larry O’Brien trophy.

    • davidly - May 2, 2012 at 6:50 AM

      While we’re being so frank, Larry O’Brien isn’t exactly what comes to mind when I think about the NBA championship.

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