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  InterBasket > Player Profiles > Scottie Pippen, Usa > talk From (Pippen without Jordan)  Michael Jordan unexpectedly retired in 1993, and the 1994 season marked Pippen's stepping out from Jordan's shadow and he performed as one of the best players in the league. That year, he earned All-Star Game MVP honors. He had perhaps his best season, leading the Bulls in scoring, rebounding, assists, and the entire league in steals, averaging 22.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 2.9 steals, 0.9 three-pointers, and 0.8 blocks per game, while shooting 49.1% from the field and a career-best 32% from the three-point line. For his efforts, he earned the second of three straight All-NBA First Team nods, and he was a strong candidate for MVP.

Perhaps the most infamous episode of Pippen's career came in the postseason of Pippen's first year without Jordan, the 1993-94 playoffs, where the Eastern Conference semifinals pitted the Bulls against their bitter rivals, the New York Knicks. With 1.8 seconds left and the score tied, Jackson designed the last play for Toni Kukoč, with Pippen relegated to simply inbounding the basketball. Pippen was so angered by Jackson's decision to not let him take the potential game-winner that he cursed at Jackson and stomped out of the huddle, refusing to leave the bench and re-enter the game when the timeout was over. Although Kukoc did eventually hit the game-winner, a 23-foot fadeaway jumper, there was little celebrating to be done by the Bulls, as television cameras caught an unsmiling Phil Jackson storming out of the arena. "Scottie asked out of the play," Jackson would tell reporters moments later in the postgame interview room. Those seeking further answers found Pippen in the locker room after the game, looking shell-shocked and disoriented; when asked to confirm Jackson's statement, Pippen could only respond with "Yeah, pretty much ... We exchanged words, and I just took a seat."
Scottie Pippen Profile

Name: Scottie Maurice Pippen
Nickname: Pip
Born: September 25, 1965
Status: Retired
Origin: Hamburg, Arkansas, USA
Height: 6-8/2,03m
Weight:  231lbs/106,1
Schools: Central Arkansas
Drafted: 1987, First Round, Fifth Overall pick by the Seattle Supersonics (traded to the Chicago Bulls for the 8th pick, Olden Polynice)
Languages: English
Website:  InterBasket
Teams (jersey): Arkansas State, USA National Team (1992's Dream Team), Chicago Bulls (33), Houston Rockets (33), Portland Trailblazers (33)
Ibn Notes: Probably the most successful second banana and greatest teammate in NBA history, Scottie Pippen was always known as Michael Jordan's sidekick even when Jordan was retired,  Because of his situation, Scottie never received the due that he should; both as a great individual player and his role in the Chicago Bull's championship runs.  Pip never complained about his role(s) with the Chicago Bulls (really, who could?).  A real jack-of-all-trades, Pippen played great defense, passed the ball, rebounded the ball and lead the fastbreak, ran the floor, blocked shots, shot threes and played the passing lanes.  Pippen really was able to do everything on offense and guard all positions on defense.  This is best illustrated by Pippen's rankings on the Bull's All-time list; second in Bulls history in points (15,123), field goals (5,991), field goal attempts (12,444), free throws attempted (3,576), offensive rebounds (1,687), defensive rebounds (4,039), assists (4,494), steals (1,792), seasons played (12), games played (856) and minutes (30,269) and ranks third in Bulls history with 5,726 rebounds and 774 blocked shots. Accomplishments: Two-time Olympic gold medal winner (1992, 1996); Six-time NBA World Champion (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1998); NBA All-Defensive Team from 1991-2000 (First Team member seven times); Made All-NBA seven straight years (1992-1998); Seven-time NBA All Star (1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997);1994 All-Star Game MVP;
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