Scottie Pippen is a retired professional basketball player for the United States of America. He is known for his time with the Chicago Bulls where he won six NBA titles. Playing alongside Michael Jordan, they played a significant role in transforming the Chicago Bulls team and popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1990s.
On the 25th of September 1965, Scottie Pippen was born in Hamburg, Arkansas; to Ethel and Preston Pippen. He is the youngest of 12 children. The baller is of African-American ethnicity. His mother was 6 feet tall and his father was 6’1. This made all their children tall with Scottie being the tallest. Scottie’s father worked in a paper mill until he was paralyzed on his right side by a stroke. This prevented him from walking, affected his speech, and forced him to retire when Scottie was 14.
With the poor financial situation of his parents, they were not able to send some of their children to college. Scottie attended Hamburg High School where he played point guard and led his team to the state playoffs. Although his performance earned him the all-conference honours as a senior, he did not get any college scholarships. He then attended the University of Central Arkansas in Conway and started his college playing career.
Scottie Pippen’s Professional Career
In 1987, Scottie Pippen started his professional career as a basketball player. He was selected fifth overall in the NBA draft by the Seattle Supersonics and was traded to the Chicago Bulls for Olden Polynice and future draft pick options. Pippen was part of Chicago’s young forward. Having Michael Jordan as a motivational and instructional mentor helped with refining his skills and developing new ones. He made his NBA debut in November 1987.
From 1990-91, Scottie emerged as Chicago Bulls primary defensive stopper and a versatile scoring threat. He led the Bulls to their first three-peat. On the 21st of September 1991, he was announced as a member of the United States men’s Olympic basketball team which represented America in the 1992 summer Olympics in Barcelona.
Rise To Stardom
After Michael Jordan retired just before the 1993-94 season, Scottie Pippen emerged from his shadow. He led the Bulls in scoring, assists and blocks; earning him the All-Star Game MVP honours. Scottie Pippen also had one of his controversial moments that year in Jordan’s absence. He refused to leave the bench to re-enter the game when a time-out was over because he was angered by his coach, a decision that prevented him from taking the potential game-winner.
During the 1995-96 season, Scottie became the first person to win an NBA championship and an Olympic gold medal in the same year twice, playing at the Atlanta Olympics for Team USA. In the 1998-99 season, he was traded to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Roy Rogers. This trade received so much publicity including his solo cover of Sports Illustrated. His salary was four times as much as the salary he received during the previous season with Chicago Bulls. After the elimination of the Houston Rockets from the playoffs, Scottie expressed he wanted to be traded. He stated he wanted to leave because of his teammate’s “Barkley’s” selfishness and lack of desire to win. Scottie Pippen also expressed his wish to play with his former coach, Phil Jackson who was coaching the Los Angeles Lakers.
On the 2nd of October 1999, in exchange for Stacey Augmon, Kevin Cato, Ed Gray, Carlos Rogers, Brian Shaw and Walt Williams, Scottie was traded by the Houston Rockets to the Portland Trail Blazers. After four seasons with the Portland Blazers, he left to sign a two-year deal with the Chicago Bulls where he had started his career. The deal was made official on the 20th of July 2003.
On the 5th of October 2004, he announced his retirement. On the 9th of December 2005, the Bulls retired Scottie’s jersey number in a ceremony where they played the Los Angeles Lakers. His jersey number-33 joined Michael Jordan’s 23, Bob Love’s 10 and Jerry Sloan’s 4 as the only numbers retired by the Bulls. He leads the NBA in career playoff steals with 395.
Scottie Pippen has been married twice. In 1988, he got married to Karen McCollum and they had a son, Antron Pippen born in 1987. However, they had a divorce in 1990. He then got married again on the 20th of July 1997 to Larsa Younan Pippen who starred in The Real Housewives of Miami. Larsa is an entrepreneur and ten years younger than Scottie. They had started dating in 1995 and were together for two years before eventually getting married.
Larsa is a fashionista and friends with the Kardashians. She studied acting at the prestigious Piven Theatre Workshop. She is a fitness junkie and it is evident in the way she looks. This beauty got brains too as she holds a degree in Political Science. She has Four children with Scottie – Three sons (Justin Pippen, Preston Pippen, Scottie Pippen Jr.) and a daughter (Sophia Pippen).
Scottie has seven kids in total from three different women. He has a son, Antron Pippen with first wife Karen McCollum. Scottie Pippen also has four children (Three boys and a girl) from his current marriage with Larsa (Sophie, Justin, Preston and Scottie Pippen Jr.). He has two daughters from his previous ex-girlfriends. Sierra Pippen’s mother is Yvette, while Taylor Pippen’s mother is Sonya Roby.
On the 21st of October 2016, Larsa and Scottie had announced they had decided to end their marriage. Scottie had filed for the divorce from Larsa on the 18th of October in Florida. This came up just after they had celebrated their anniversary and were seen in the New York Fashion Week, walking the carpet with their daughter Sophia.
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It was rumoured that Future was the cause of the divorce as Larsa was seen hanging out with the rapper in Miami. However, Larsa had said she was just friends with him. Scottie also believed Larsa cheated on him with Future while visiting her friend, Kim Kardashian in Miami. However, a year after Scottie filed for the divorce, he decided to dismiss the petition for a split in Broward County family court.
For someone who comes from a family of tall people, it’s no surprise that Pippen currently stands at a height of 2.03 m. He’s the tallest in his family where everyone is above 6ft tall.
Scottie Pippen is estimated to be worth over $50 million; gotten from endorsement deals, with a big portion from his long years and dedicated career in Basketball.