Scotty Maurice Pippen is an American former professional basketball player. He played 17 seasons in the National Basketball Association, winning six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls. He also played for the Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, and Seattle SuperSonics. He is the only NBA player to have won an NBA title and Olympic gold medal in the same year twice, having done so in both 1992 and 1996.
About Scottie Pippen in brief
Scotty Maurice Pippen is an American former professional basketball player. He played 17 seasons in the National Basketball Association, winning six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls. He was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History during the 1996–97 season. He is the only NBA player to have won an NBA title and Olympic gold medal in the same year twice, having done so in both 1992 and 1996. He has been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, once for his individual career and once as a member of the \”Dream Team\”, having been simultaneously inducted for both on August 13, 2010. The Bulls retired his number 33 on December 8, 2005, and the University of Central Arkansas retired his No. 33 on January 21, 2010, after he was selected fifth overall in the 1987 NBA Draft. He also played for the Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, and Seattle SuperSonics during his 17-year career. Pippens is one of four players to have his jersey retired by the Bulls. His father worked in a paper mill until suffering from a stroke that paralyzed his right side, prevented him from walking, and affected his speech. His mother was 6 ft tall and his father was 6-ft 1 in, and all of their children were tall, with Pipen being the tallest. He became part of Chicago’s young power forward duo with 6-foot-10-inch power forward Horace Grant and 6- foot-9-inch forward Brad Sellers, both of whom came off the bench during their rookie seasons.
With Michael Jordan as a motivational and instructional mentor, he refined his skills and developed many new ones over the course of his career. He won the NBA All-Defensive First Team eight consecutive times and the All-NBA First Team three times. He made the postseason 16 straight times, including the 1994 All-Star Game MVP in 1994. He was a part of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team, which beat its opponents by an average of 44 points. As a senior, his per game averages of 23. 6 points, 10 rebounds, 4. 3 assists, and near 60 percent field goal shooting earned him Consensus NAIA All-American honors in 1987 and made him a dominant player in the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference, drawing the attention of NBA scouts. He led his team to the state playoffs and earned all-conference honors as a senior. He did not receive much media coverage because Central Arkansas played in the NAIA, while the media focused on the more prestigious NCAA. His parents could not afford to send their other children to college, and so he played basketball as a walk-on for the school. He wore the number 8 during both years. He went on to play 12 seasons with the Bulls, one with the Houston Houston Rockets and four with the Portland Trail Trail Blazers. His last season in the NBA was with the New York Knicks in 1998-99.