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10-04-2004, 09:02 PM
NBA source: Pippen to announce retirement

By RICK GANO, AP Sports Writer
October 4, 2004

DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Scottie Pippen, who teamed with Michael Jordan to form a tandem that drove the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles in the 1990s, is expected to retire after 17 seasons, an NBA source said Monday.

The source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Pippen is scheduled to make the announcement Tuesday on the Bulls' first day of training camp practice. The team held its media day Monday and Pippen was not present.

His agent, Jimmy Sexton, did not immediately return a call for comment Monday night.

Pippen was brought back last season to give leadership and experience to a young Bulls team, but he had knee surgery in December and played in only 23 games as the Bulls went 23-59. It was the first time in his career the seven-time All-Star missed the playoffs.

Pippen, 39, was voted one of the NBA's 50 greatest players. He is known for his all-around play, especially his long-armed defense against some of the league's best scorers.

He was traded to Houston in 1999 after the lockout, played one season with the Rockets and then spent four years in Portland. He signed a two-year, $10 million deal to return to Chicago in the offseason and averaged 5.9 points.

"I would have liked an opportunity to coach him because I liked having Scottie around last year,'' Bulls coach Scott Skiles said Monday.

"The few days he did practice and play in games he kind of took it to another level and set a good example. Only a certain player can decide when it's time to hang it up. A lay down Hall of Famer. Of course you'd like to have him around, but he's not able to go.''

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10-04-2004, 09:24 PM
uber yawn......I thought he already did this....

10-05-2004, 11:33 AM
Dude should've done that last year. I guess he wanted to end it where it started, in Chicago.

10-05-2004, 12:47 PM

Pippen Announces Retirement
Six-Time NBA Champion Calls It Quits After 17 Seasons
October 5, 2004 -- The Chicago Bulls announced today Scottie Pippen has retired.

“This was a very difficult decision for me to retire from playing a game that has been such a great part of my life. My family and I would like to thank the fans and the entire Chicago Bulls organization, especially Jerry Reinsdorf and John Paxson, for bringing me back to where I started,” said Pippen. “I am retiring, but I still plan on being around for training camp to help this team. After 17 years, it’s tough for me to just walk away completely.”

Pippen, 39, played in 1,178 games and averaged 16.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg and 5.2 apg and 1.96 spg during an illustrious career that placed him among the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players of all-time in 1996 and brought the Bulls six NBA World Championship titles. His 208 career playoff appearances rank second in NBA history behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 237. Pippen led his teams to post-season appearances in each of his first 16 seasons and compiled NBA Playoff averages of 17.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 5.2 apg and 1.96 spg in 208 games.

“Scottie Pippen is one of the greatest Chicago Bulls of all time. His contributions to this franchise during his tenure here have been innumerable,” said Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. “As an organization we thank him for everything. To fully recognize what he has meant to this organization, we plan to have a day in his honor and retire his number 33 at a future date to be determined.”

“Scottie Pippen is the epitome of a true professional. He is a great teammate and a winner who is one of the best to ever wear a Bulls uniform,” said Bulls Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson. “Our decision to bring Scottie back last summer served us well and it is unfortunate he will not be a leader of our team again this year. Scottie will always be a part of the Chicago Bulls family and we wish him nothing but the best.”

During his 12 years in a Bulls uniform, Pippen has affixed his name at or very near the top of every major statistical category in franchise history. He is the team’s all-time leader in 3-point field goals (664) and 3-point field goal attempts (2,031) and ranks second in 12 other categories.

His career numbers have also placed him atop the NBA’s all-time leader board in many statistical categories, including 40th in points (18,940), fourth in steals (2,307), 23rd in assists (6,135) and 13th in minutes played (41,069).

Originally drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics in the first round (fifth overall) of the 1987 NBA Draft, Pippen’s draft rights were traded to Chicago for the draft rights to Olden Polynice and future considerations. The 6-8, 228-pound forward/guard spent his first 11 seasons in the NBA with the Bulls and played a significant role in bringing six World Championships to Chicago. The Bulls dealt Pippen to the Houston Rockets on Jan. 22, 1999, in exchange for Roy Rogers and a conditional second-round draft selection. After spending the shortened 1999 season with the Rockets, Houston sent him to the Portland Trail Blazers for Walt Williams, Stacey Augmon, Kelvin Cato, Ed Gray, Carlos Rogers and Brian Shaw on Oct. 2, 1999. Pippen played four seasons in Portland before returning to Chicago as a free agent on July 20, 2003.

10-05-2004, 12:54 PM
Soon, there will be talks of him making a comeback lol.