to close the regular season. Still, Pippen finished the 1994–95 season leading the Bulls in every major statistical category: assists, rebounds, points, steals, and blocks; Pippen is one of only four players in NBA history to accomplish this feat.
The Bulls' second three-peat (1995–1998)Edit
With the return of Jordan and the addition of two-time champion Dennis Rodman, the Bulls managed to post the best regular season record in NBA history (72–10) in Template:Nbay en route to winning their fourth title against the Seattle SuperSonics. Later that year, Pippen would become the first (and to this date, the only) person to win NBA championship and Olympic gold medal in the same year twice, playing for Team USA at the Atlanta Olympics. He was nicknamed "pip". In the following season, Chicago finished a league-best 69–13 and again won the title, this time defeating the Utah Jazz. Amid speculation that the 1997–98 season would be the last in Chicago for Pippen, Jordan, and Jackson, the Bulls followed up by topping the Jazz again in the 1998 NBA Finals to cap their second three-peat. Pippen was selected as one of the NBA's Fifty Greatest Players when the league was celebrating its fiftieth season in 1997.
Later career (1998–2004)Edit
After being in Chicago for 11 seasons, Pippen, the second all-time leader in points, assists, and steals in Bulls franchise history was traded to the Houston Rockets for the lockout-shortened season of 1998–99. Pippen's trade to Houston received a lot of publicity including his only solo cover of Sports Illustrated. He teamed with Hakeem Olajuwon and Charles Barkley, but there were chemistry problems especially with Barkley. In that season, the Rockets went 31–19, but lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs, 3 games to 1.
Following the lockout-shortened season in Houston, Pippen was traded in the offseason to the Portland Trail Blazers, whom he helped to the Western Conference finals. But once there, they lost to the eventual champion Los Angeles Lakers in seven games, despite holding a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter of the final game. Pippen played on for several more seasons in Portland, but they never again advanced that far in the playoffs. After the Template:Nbay he signed once more with the Chicago Bulls, but due to injury problems he was only able to suit up for 23 games in Template:Nbay and retired shortly after the season.
Pippen was a near-constant presence in the NBA postseason during his career, reaching the playoffs 16 straight years (11 with Chicago, one with Houston, four with Portland). He played in more playoff games than any NBA player except Robert Horry and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
After retiring, he spent some time working as a basketball analyst for the Chicago Bulls. He was a special assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers. On December 25, 2005, Pippen debuted as studio analyst for the NBA on ABC. Before this he was a part-time analyst for ESPN.
The Chicago Bulls retired Pippen's jersey number in a ceremony on December 9, 2005. The team played against the Los Angeles Lakers that night, and Pippen was reunited with Phil Jackson, Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman, and Horace Grant during the ceremony. Pippen's jersey number, 33, joined Michael Jordan's 23, Jerry Sloan's 4, and Bob Love's 10 as the only numbers retired by the Bulls.
In January 2008, Pippen made a comeback to basketball at age 42, when he made a tour of Scandinavia and played two games for top Finnish league team Torpan Pojat (ToPo), and top Swedish league team Sundsvall. In his first game, on January 4, Pippen scored 12 points in ToPo's 93-81 win over Porvoo. He registered nine points and nine rebounds in a 98-85 win over Honka on January 5. In his third game of the tour, Pippen registered 21 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and two steals in 30 minutes in a 102-74 Sundsvall Dragons win over Akropol of Rinkeby. The Dragons paid Pippen $66,000 for his appearance.
According to Investopedia, since retirement Pippen has lost $120 million in career earnings because of poor financial planning and bad business deals. Investment busts account for $27 million of the lost fortune.
Pippen returned to the Bulls on July 15, 2010 as an ambassador to the team.
Pippen was renowned for his defensive abilities, having made the NBA All Defensive Team 10 times during his career and leading the league in steals in several seasons. Phil Jackson once described him as a "one man wrecking crew, capable of guarding anyone from the point guard to the five position." Pippen is one of three NBA players to record 200 steals and 100 blocks in a season, and he also has the record for career steals by a forward (2,307, as well as in the playoffs (395).
- ↑ "Scottie Pippen Bio". NBA.com. http://www.nba.com/history/players/pippen_bio.html. Retrieved 2009-09-04.
- ↑ "Why LeBron James is the 2009 NBA MVP". NBA.com. http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/features/lbj2009mvp.html. Retrieved 2009-09-04.
- ↑ Smith, Sam (August 4,1996). "DREAM TEAM'S SLEEPWALK ENDS WITH GOLD MEDAL". Chicago Tribune: p. 1.
- ↑ si.cnn.com, SI Covers Search, accessed February 9, 2008 Note: enter Scottie Pippen in the SI Covers Search box
- ↑ Wise, Mike (October 3, 1999). "PRO BASKETBALL: NOTEBOOK; Pippen, on His Way to Portland, Takes a Parting Shot at Barkley". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/1999/10/03/sports/pro-basketball-notebook-pippen-his-way-portland-takes-parting-shot-barkley.html?pagewanted=print. Retrieved 2008-12-08.
- ↑ Associated Press (April 22, 1999). "Pippen arrested on suspicion of DWI". Sports Illustrated. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/basketball/nba/news/1999/04/22/pippen_arrested/. Retrieved February 9, 2008.
- ↑ Associated Press (January 5, 2008). "Pippen, 42, scores nine points in Finnish league". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/print?id=3182827&type=story.
- ↑ Riddix, Mark (March 10, 2010). "Seven costly pro athlete screw-ups". Yahoo! Sports. http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ys-investopediamoneyloss031010&print=1.
- ↑ Associated Press (July 15, 2010). "Pippen becomes Bulls ambassador". Yahoo! Sports. http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=Arl.dHXA6OSHmIfx3dLK7waLvLYF?slug=ap-bulls-pippen&print=1.