“As the GOAT”: Scottie Pippen With Huge Admission on How He Wants to Be Remembered

Published 11/09/2021, 4:30 PM EST
Scottie Pippen with The 2006 NBA Finals Trophy during NBA Legends Scottie Pippen and Walt “Clyde” Frazier Announce 2006 Finals Trophy Tour at NBA Store in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jemal Countess/WireImage)


Former Chicago Bulls forward Scottie Pippen is widely regarded as one of the most underrated players ever. According to many pundits of the game, the 56-year-old isn’t appreciated enough. Having entered the Hall of Fame in 2010, Pippen featured in the NBA for as long as 17 years. Combining with the great Michael Jordan, he redefined an entire era of basketball. Recently, the 6-time champion provided an honest admission on how he wants to be remembered.

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One of the league’s greatest ever #33, Pippen was a monster on the court. On the rare occasion when the opponent could keep MJ quiet, they would have to deal with the wrath of ‘Pip’. Although he wasn’t lauded enough, he always knew how good he was. Admitting it in a recent interview, the 7-time All-star believed Jordan wouldn’t have been successful without him. It is hard to fathom the impact that the duo and the Chicago Bulls of the 90s had on the sport. And yet, their dominance lives freshly in our minds.

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Chicago Bulls # 33 Scottie Pippen and Chicago Bulls # 23 Michael Jordan courtside during Chicago Bulls vs New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Tom Berg/WireImage)

Scottie Pippen asserts how he wants to remembered in the sport

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Most recently, Scottie Pippen made the front pages for his criticism of Michael Jordan. Facing the backlash for his ‘Last Dance’ documentary, the 14-time All-star was bashed for building up his own image, while undermining the remainder of his squad. Just when everyone thought all is good in the hood, Pippen took to his memoir to lash out at Jordan. In fact, he laid out that the pair was never that close.

In an exclusive interview on ‘Good Morning America’, Scottie addressed his equation with his legendary compatriot. Amidst the ongoing spat with the beleaguered Jordan, Pippen said he will still always respect ‘His Airness’. In the same chat with Michael Strahan, the former Bull was asked how he desires to be remembered by NBA buffs. In a short, confident response, Pippen replied, “As the greatest of all time!”

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MIAMI, FL – FEBRUARY 04: Scottie Pippen Attends Market America Conference 2016 at American Airlines Arena on February 4, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Aaron Davidson/Getty Images)

Where does Scottie Pippen rank among your best ever athletes in NBA history? Are you in agreement with his view? Have your say.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is an NBA and Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football and table tennis. Sankalp idolises Roger Federer and Stephen Curry, and has an inherent love for statistics.

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