October 6, 2004 |
Scottie Pippen's 17-year NBA career came to an end yesterday. He made his retirement announcement standing in front of the six championship trophies he helped the Chicago Bulls win. "I got all the basketball out of me I possibly could," the 39-year-old said. His career featured a pair of three-year championship runs - interrupted by Michael Jordan's foray into baseball - and a 72-10 regular season that may never be surpassed. "As I stand here and as I look back, I don't think Michael had any championship trophies without me," he said.
October 5, 2004 |
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 yesterday. The source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Pippen is scheduled to make the announcement today on the Bulls' first day of training-camp practice. The team held its media day yesterday and Pippen was not present. His agent, Jimmy Sexton, did not immediately return a call for comment last night.
April 16, 2004 |
Scottie Pippen said yesterday he probably will retire following an injury-shortened season in his return to the Chicago Bulls. But Michael Jordan's old sidekick also hedged a bit, as he has all season. "This is probably it for me," Pippen said, the day after the Bulls completed a 23-59 season - the first time in his 17-year career he has missed the playoffs. "I'd rather not make a 100 percent commitment. But I'm quite sure that this is probably my last season. " Pippen was brought back to give a young Bulls team leadership and experience, but he had knee surgery in December and played in only 23 games.
March 19, 2004 |
Scottie Pippen says he not only will try to play again this season but also hasn't ruled out playing next season. "Next year I still have an opportunity, so it's not like I'm going out yet," the Chicago small forward said yesterday. "I still have some hope if I rehab, do all that good stuff. " Pippen signed a guaranteed 2-year contract worth $10.3 million last summer but has been limited to 23 games because of sore knees. He recently has told friends he might want to play and collect the $5.4 million he is due next season.
January 23, 2004 |
Scottie Pippen probably never had to call his teammates out like this during the Chicago Bulls' dynasty days. Pippen chastised his younger teammates for their lack of effort yesterday, saying it's time the Baby Bulls start taking some pride in themselves, their games and the team. Much has been invested in them, and, so far, they're not showing much in return. "That's where it all comes down to: Have you gotten any better since you were drafted here? Are you showing that you're going to make this franchise better in the near future?
November 8, 2003 |
Norm Van Lier remembered Randy Ayers, a third-round draft pick out of Miami of Ohio, from the Chicago Bulls' training camp of 1978. "Yeah, he would come in and shoot everything," Van Lier said with a hearty laugh last night prior to the game between the Bulls and the 76ers. "He didn't pass the ball once. " Ayers, now the Sixers' head coach, participated in two training camps with the Bulls, getting cut twice, in 1978 (on the last day of camp) and 1979 by two different head coaches, Larry Costello and Jerry Sloan.
July 21, 2003 |
George Karl is out as coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, a team in turmoil. The Bucks wouldn't say whether they fired Karl or he resigned, but general manager Larry Harris made it clear yesterday the team didn't want the coach back. "It was pretty clear on both sides that this was the way to go," Harris said. "We felt we needed to get someone in there this year and for years to come. " The move is the latest in a series completely revamping a club that reached the Eastern Conference finals just 2 years ago. The Bucks finished 42-40 this year, losing to conference champion New Jersey in the first round of the playoffs.
July 2, 2003 |
Chicago Bulls general manager John Paxson wants Scottie Pippen to finish his NBA career where it started. Paxson said yesterday he intends to contact Pippen in the next few days to see whether the former All-Star has any interest in returning to Chicago, where he won six NBA championships. "I think he deserves to end his career here," said Paxson, a teammate to Pippen during their run in the 1990s. "I do think there is a place for him here if he wants to come. " Pippen, 37, is an unrestricted free agent the Bulls covet both as a defensive-minded small forward, and mentor to their crop of talented young players such as Eddy Curry and Tyson Chandler.
April 23, 2003 |
MINNEAPOLIS - Kevin Garnett had 35 points and 20 rebounds last night as the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 119-91, to even their first-round series at one game each. Troy Hudson added 37 points for Minnesota, which was eliminated in the first round in the last six seasons. Game 3 is tomorrow night in Los Angeles. A somber Shaquille O'Neal, who spent a day and a half in South Carolina for his grandfather's funeral, showed up about 90 minutes before tip-off and wasn't much of a factor, despite getting 27 points and 14 rebounds.
April 29, 2002 |
The Los Angeles Lakers used to have a bitter rivalry with Portland. Now the only intrigue is watching how many points the Lakers can spot the Trail Blazers before coming back to torment them. Robert Horry took a pass from Kobe Bryant and made a three-pointer with 2.1 seconds left to cap a furious, last-minute comeback, and the Lakers completed their second straight three-game sweep of the Blazers with a 92-91 victory last night. "Did I want the ball? No, I was kind of scared," said Horry, a veteran of four NBA championship teams with Los Angeles and Houston.