Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 at 1:45 pm  |  28 responses

Scottie Pippen Wants to Be an NBA Coach

NBA Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen — currently an ambassador for the Chicago Bulls — is looking to enter the coaching ranks, and wants Phil Jackson to work with him as a front-office type. Per ESPN: “It is (his goal to be head coach),’ Pippen said. ‘I still enjoy the game. I’m around the game. I’m a guy that has always loved basketball, and I love being a part of it.’ There were rumblings over the summer that the Orlando Magic were flirting with Jackson for a possible executive role with the understanding Pippen would be the head coach, but Jackson withdrew from consideration and that scenario disappeared. Asked if he was close to becoming a coach during the offseason, Pippen said: ‘No, I don’t think so. I just think it was some rumors that got out there. Nothing really stuck. I can’t say I sat down to talk to any team about being a head coach.’ [...] ‘That would be great,’ Pippen said [about working with Jackson]. ‘Phil is a great person, a great mind for the game and I know he still wants to be a part of the game, so if that scenario were to happen, yes, it would be great to be able to work for a guy who’s been your mentor throughout your career.’”

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  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    never gonna happen

  • Redd

    Why not join Thibs coaching staff and learn from one of the best.

  • G$

    If Coach Scotty called a play for someone else with the game on the line, I’d simply refuse to go back on the court. -The Real Scotty Pippen

  • spit hot fiyah

    ask mike, not like they have much too lose anyway


    I love Pip, but the 1.8 will forever be the main reason he will never be coach.
    And it’s a shame.

  • Dymez

    Pippen is a great basketball mind, and you know he knows the triangle inside and out. When it comes to X’s and O’s, I think he has all of the tools to be a great coach. Playing under Phil and Tex for over a decade certainly helps. My only issue would be his motivation tactics. Pip comes across as a pretty mellow guy and his voice is really dull sounding, that can cause players to lose interest in what he has to say. He’s also shown in the Jordan-less parts of his career that he’s not a good leader of men — that also poses as a potential problem. He needs a couple of years experience on the bench, but after that, he certainly deserves one shot.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk


  • http://twitter.com/scottcaldwell7 scott caldwell

    i think he could be a tom thibodeau type of coach. great defence coach under a great head coach. learn a lot and eventually come into a good head coaching job

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    Coach the Bobcats scottie

  • Lin-dication

    Pip would be an excellent coach. He’ll command instant respect from stars because of his HOF career. But he’ll also be able to relate to role players, because he started off as a nobody from Arkansas. He’ll know how to blend talents because he learned how to sacrifice his game, and still produce for his team. But Pippen should not expect to just be handed a cushy coaching job immediately. Pippen will have to rise through the ranks and learn his craft just like everyone else.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Bishop.SeanMagicJuan Sean MagicJuan

    A lot of these former superstars “want” to be coaches for a couple of home games and playoff time but don’t want to travel to January road games in Toronto or Minnesota.

  • http://twitter.com/scottcaldwell7 scott caldwell

    i agree. the players take on the personallity of the coach. he will be a GOOD head coach after some years like thibodeau. he has the potential to be a george karl of defense. might not ever come to that, but i can see the potential for that happening. i agree that when your the head coach there has to be a certain passion in your demeaner that has to relay to your players. if he is lucky enough to work under a coach like karl or pop or doc etc. he would learn how to show his passion to his players enough to be a solid coach in the nba… remember his name is Scottie Pippen. that name pulls enough weight to demand respect, get a good assistant job under someone great. the players will pick up on his confidence im sure. every basketball player from middle school to the nba knows his name. they will listen to him. he just has to learn how to speak and get results from his players. he is a potential great coach

  • http://twitter.com/scottcaldwell7 scott caldwell

    very true. you have to love the game to be a player, but you have to be obsessed in love with the game to be a coach

  • http://twitter.com/scottcaldwell7 scott caldwell

    thats real talk. i think he would learn quite a bit under thibs

  • Max

    the 1.8?

  • http://twitter.com/scottcaldwell7 scott caldwell

    *Damon Wayans from “my wife and kids” voice*
    uh no

  • roscoe

    every1 said “mj will be a g8t owner” & dat sure worked out. pip33 should think 2x.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    When Pip sat out the last 1.8 seconds of game 6 (I think) against the Knicks because the last shot wasn’t drawn up for him. Kukoc ended up hitting the game winner from the top of the key. One of the most selfish displays in basketball history.

    Does anyone know if he ever owned up to it? Maybe an apology or expressing remorse? I think it might help his case…

  • Perry the PlatyPteranodon

    Too bad, I would give all the money I don’t have just to hear a player ask to hear a player go to the bench by saying “Beam me up Scottie” but alas ’tis not likely in my lifetime.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    no he didn’t.

  • Dagger

    A few days after the game he told the media: “I apologized to the team and to Phil Jackson. I don’t think I have to apologize to anyone else.”

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I never saw that story, but here it is. Thanks Dagger — “He (Pippen) talked to us all and let us know where he was standing and what he was feeling and apologized to everyone, just for the incident in general. Not that anything was done wrong or anything, just the whole incident.” – http://articles.latimes.com/1994-05-15/sports/sp-58081_1_scottie-pippen

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    Lol can’t go wrong with the wayans

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Cool. Thanks Dagger and nbk.

  • http://twitter.com/scottcaldwell7 scott caldwell

    lol true!

  • Max

    Knew he once didn’t want to play at the end, but didn’t know it was just 1.8 seconds, what a douche move.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    No former player should get a head coaching job before Patrick Ewing or Brian Shaw do.

  • Ugh

    Post of the YEAR.