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Scottie Pippen Statue

Scottie Pippen now immortalized at United Center


It was fitting.

Michael Jordan is soaring high, larger than life outside the United Center.

Now, inside the building and in full color, Scottie Pippen has his eyes on everything.

The Bulls unveiled a bust of Pippen at halftime of their trouncing of Boston Thursday night. The statue of the Bulls legend will be displayed inside the United Center as a tribute.

Pippen was unquestionably a key cog in the Bulls dynasty era, but few would have pictured this honor when he left the Bulls organization on bad terms in 1998. Now he now a regular fixture at games with courtside seats. In the playoffs he will be doing game broadcasts for CSN Chicago. He is again part of the Bulls family.

He needed to be honored in a way that distinguished him from Jordan — while the two are forever linked through titles their roles were different, their styles different.

This is fitting. Pippen was gracious in his acceptance and threw bouquets to the Bulls fans throughout his talk.

Those fans — and Pippen — went home happy. Good times are back with the Bulls. And as part of that, honoring Pippen is fitting.

Scottie Pippen to get statue inside United Center

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Michael Jordan has the iconic statue outside the building, Scottie Pippen one inside. Yea, that sounds about right.

The Bulls announced that they would honor Pippen with a statue, to be unveiled next month when the Celtics are in town. The statue will be on the 100-level concourse inside the building.

“Words really can’t express my feelings,” Pippen said in a statement released by the team. “It’s something you dream of as a kid growing up, but you can never foresee those childhood fantasies becoming reality.
You see statues of individuals who have done great things and made their mark on history, but as a basketball player, you never really think about arriving at this point. It’s an amazing honor for the Chicago Bulls to do this for me.”

It seems fitting that they put up the Pippen statue while thinking about where the Derrick Rose one will go in a couple decades.

Pippen will be joining Comcast’s Bulls broadcast team during the playoffs.