Scottie Pippen Prefers to Associate Himself with Winning Basketball and Other Bulls Bullets

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Scottie Pippen Prefers to Associate Himself with Winning Basketball and Other Bulls Bullets

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Who do you think would win in a fight: Mickey or Goofy?

Mickey’s already kind of dressed like a fighter with his high-waisted pants and no top. Maybe he has prior experience? I also feel like his smarts and natural athleticism could carry him … but Goofy is certainly a sleeper. He easily has the size advantage (at least I think), and while he’s quite clumsy, he has the gusto to be a tough competitor. Plus, if things get scrappy, he’s got those two buck teeth that could do some serious damage.

Anyway …

  • If the Bulls could NOT burn a bridge with one of the most iconic players in NBA history, that’d be swell. Earlier this year we learned that Scottie Pippen no longer worked with the organization in an ambassador role, and perhaps that’s why he felt more than comfortable putting his team on blast over All-Star Weekend. During a live taping of The Jump at Navy Pier, Pippen not only told the nation that he didn’t know half the players on the Bulls roster, but also that the team’s starting lineup wasn’t made-up of starting-caliber players (besides Zach LaVine). Yikes.
  • Well, yesterday, Thuzio released its own interview with Scottie Pippen from All-Star Weekend, and the former-Bull kept the harsh words coming: “I got fired this year. I didn’t really want it to be out in the public, but I’m no longer employed by the Bulls. I think it’s a good thing, right? I like to associate myself with winning.” DOUBLE YIKES.
  • I kind of find it hard to believe Pippen was straight-up fired from a nothing ambassador role (I just feel like there is more to the story), but I can’t put anything past the old regime. The Bulls front office was the epitome of dysfunction. Pippen must have had enough of it along with the rest of us, and I can’t blame him. And before shifting gears to stories of the good old days, Pippen jabbed one last time at the Bulls talent level, saying the team is “below what it needs to be in the NBA.”
  • Of course, the entire interview happened months before the Bulls official front office switch, so maybe the Bulls legend has cooled off by now. And while he’s had some criticism as of late (haven’t we all?), the rest of the interview makes it feel as though he’s still with this organization through thick and thin.
  • Uh, also someone might want to tell the Bulls they fired him?

  • One last thought on that Pippen interview: Today’s players are so different. Pippen talks about the team partying hard, skipping practices, and smoking cigars on airplanes. Superstars today wake-up at 3 a.m. to work out and treat their body like the Taj Mahal. It’s just so hard to fathom the lifestyle athletes use to live, but I guess it’s like meeting a 98-year-old man who’s had a cigar in one hand and a scotch in the other since he was 12 … some people are just invincible.
  • NBC Sports Chicago’s K.C. Johnson wrote up a fresh mailbag, so give it a read. The article itself doesn’t have a ton of new updates, but it’s a good reminder of where the front office situation stands. Keep in mind, Boylen is still being “evaluated” and the GM search is reportedly off to the races this week.
  • Patrick Ewing and Jeff Van Gundy talk about getting owned by Jordan.

  • Shaquille O’Neal said he and Kobe Bryant would easily beat Jordan’s Bulls, and fortunately, Bleacher Report wrote out why he’s wrong. Also, here’s part of Shaq’s argument:”‘I would’ve killed Luc Longley, Bill Wennington, [Bill] Cartwright. The factor is me and my free-throw shooting.” Uh, no. The factor is freaking Dennis Rodman. You know, the guy who grabbed 21 rebounds against Shaq in Game 1 of the 1996 Eastern Conference Finals.


Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.