Scottie Pippen Is a Hall of Famer, Not an Insult, Cleveland!

December 4th, 2010 by Kelly Scaletta Leave a reply »
Among the jeers thrown by the Cavaliers fans at LeBron James was the chant, "Scottie Pippen."  I'm sure Patrick Ewing would agree. Maybe in Cleveland they are unaware that Pippen was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame. They may as well have been trying to insult James by chanting, "Hall of Famer!"

Of course their intention was to say that James, unable to win a championship without a great teammate, became the great teammate, making himself the "Scottie Pippen" to Dwyane Wade's "Michael Jordan." This is even more preposterous. Their chant might as well have been, "You are selfless!" 

What made Pippen great is not that he played alongside Jordan; it's that he played with Jordan. He wasn't merely Jordan's teammate, but he was, for lack of a better word, Jordan's Pippen. Being a "Pippen" seems to be a negative thing for some. It's not. It's putting the goals of the team above those of the individual. 

When Jordan retired the first time to play baseball prior to the 1993-94 season, Pippen had the best year of his career, and finished third in the MVP voting. He was great enough to have been considered great in his own right. His ...

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