Scottie Pippen wants to postpone his Hall of Fame induction.
By playing again.
It’s all laid out by Sam Smith (registration required) in the Chicago Tribune. I guess on some level it makes sense—Pip’s only 41, and he hasn’t played in the NBA since ’03-04, so his body has had a chance to heal. And Pippen always was one of the most in-shape dudes in the L (no Amaechi). Plus, he’s being realistic. It’s not like he thinks he’s going to come back and be an All-Star.
“I’m thinking of trying to come back for the playoffs,” Pippen said. “Something like the last two months of the season, somewhere I can come back and play limited minutes to start, play point forward for someone and build toward the playoffs. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for the last three months.”
Why not? The Bulls don’t have room for Pippen in their fully stocked backcourt, but you’d think there would be plenty of other teams willing to take a flyer on one of the 50 Greatest NBA Players of All-Time. Especially given the way he’s feeling.
“I’m moving good. I feel pretty fast and you don’t forget the game. I watch and see so many young guys who don’t know how to run a team and I feel I could help someone.”