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Scottie Pippen Quotes: The Best 148
Scotty Maurice Pippen, usually known as Scottie Pippen, is an American former professional basketball player. He is a dedicated player and was passionate about his career. He played 17 seasons with the Chicago Bulls in the National Basketball Association, where he won six NBA championships.
Scottie, along with Michael Jordan, contributed a lot to the transformation of the Bulls into a championships team that became popular all over the world.
Similarly, he has been considered one of the most outstanding small forwards of all time.
He is also the only NBA player who won the NBA title and Olympic gold medal twice in a year.
Talking more about his achievements, he was named to the All-NBA First Team and NBA All-Star.
But He retired from the Bulls on December 8, 2005, and from the University of Central Arkansas on January 21, 2010.
The following 148 quotes by Scottie Pippen are very pure and beneficial, like him. So, follow them every day and every time.
“Don’t disrespect me, lie about it, and then come smile in my face and act like nothing’s wrong.”― Scottie Pippen
“Basketball is such an escape from a lot of things.”― Scottie Pippen
“He lifted weights, he rode the bike; he kept himself going before and after games, as well as practices.
He always kept himself in top shape and was very determined.
You put a relentless Dennis Rodman out on the basketball court, and you better have someone there to match his energy.
If you don’t, it’s going to be a long night.”― Scottie Pippen
“Playing with Michael Jordan would be a great opportunity for me. I would have someone around I could learn a lot from.
I look up to him as a player and as a person, and that would make me a better player and person.”― Scottie Pippen
“I’m a family man, and I couldn’t be happier. My wife and I have been blessed with an incredible family, and my kids are my life.”― Scottie Pippen
“Everything was a lesson learned and a step forward for me.”― Scottie Pippen
“No guy on the basketball court is a threat to score with LeBron James out there.
Not only will LeBron dominate from the offensive end as well, but he’s also doing it on the defensive end, which really makes him the complete package.”― Scottie Pippen
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“I may go so far as saying LeBron James may be the greatest player to ever play the game.
Because he is so potent offensively that not only can he score at will, but he keeps everybody involved.”― Scottie Pippen
“I’m a guy who is easy to get along with, and I’ll put up with a lot of things. But not dishonesty.”― Scottie Pippen
“There’s nothing like the camaraderie of being around the other players.”― Scottie Pippen
“In the playoffs, it’s winning or going home. You might not have a chance to look back at a game and say, ‘Man, we didn’t box out here.’”― Scottie Pippen
“No matter how well you do in the regular season, it has to be capped off with a championship to really mark your legacy in the game.”― Scottie Pippen
“I’ve never seen a player that can dominate a game the way LeBron James can.
He doesn’t always have to score. He makes plays for other guys.
But when the game is on the line, and you need a shot to be made, he’s going to make that play.”― Scottie Pippen
“We grew up in a small house with four bedrooms. I shared a bedroom with three brothers.
But I enjoy the way that I was brought up.
It kept me hungry. It kept me humble.”― Scottie Pippen
“It may sound simple, but both winning and losing can become a mindset, and I won’t accept losing – ever.”― Scottie Pippen
“Every team deals with obstacles throughout the course of the season, and it’s as a unit that they need to be worked through.
Injuries are part of the game, just like facing tough teams on the road or having one of your best players get into foul trouble.”― Scottie Pippen
“The things that have happened for me, to me, have helped me grow up.
Especially the passing of my father. That was something that took me to another level of growing and maturing.
That’s why I started to be more of a man.”― Scottie Pippen
“Once you get a taste of success, it’s a hard thing to turn down.”― Scottie Pippen
“Yes, I think the ’96 Bulls are the greatest of all time.
I think the 72-10 record speaks for itself and the fact that we were able to cap it off with a championship.
What it boils down to is we had a dominant style, a dominant defense, and we were a very good offensive team.
It was the way we dominated the opponents that separated ourselves.”― Scottie Pippen
“Most of the basketball is in the mind. But it helps to have big hands.”― Scottie Pippen
“Things for me really started to click right after my third year in the league.
I sort of figured out that there were a few things that I needed to do if I wanted to get better – I needed to gain some more weight and add some strength.”― Scottie Pippen
“I thought the lanes opened up when Michael Jordan used to drive. I used to be like, ‘Wow.’”― Scottie Pippen
“I always dreamed of playing the NBA, but along the way, the road got a little cloudy.”― Scottie Pippen
“Statistics are one thing. But if you’re not putting up the numbers as far as winning, they’re not going to consider you for things like the MVP.”― Scottie Pippen
“The All-Star Game was one of my top highlights as a player. In my eye, it gave me a good idea of where I ranked among my peers.
That was always my benchmark to say that I am still in the upper echelon of players.”― Scottie Pippen
“Chemistry is a very important element for any team that wants to be serious about winning.”― Scottie Pippen
“You look back at the ’95 season, and a lot of those guys were getting mega minutes. Michael Jordan was out playing baseball.
We were still winning, won 55 games I think, so those guys were all very content and happy with the way that things were going that year.”― Scottie Pippen
“Michael Jordan is probably the greatest scorer to play the game.”― Scottie Pippen
“I take a lot of pride in my first ’92 gold medal.”― Scottie Pippen
“Your job, what you do every day, I think it takes a high priority over anything.
That was something I dedicated myself to throughout my career.”― Scottie Pippen
“I’d probably say the championships mean more to me, but the gold medal makes you a bit different. It’s a special award.”― Scottie Pippen
“I’m no slouch, but when comparing LeBron’s game, I’m usually left out.”― Scottie Pippen
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“When I was four or five, I had an older brother who got paralyzed from the neck down in junior high school.
Some kid did a wrestling fall on him and hit his spine. We had to take care of him.
I went from being the baby to not really being the baby anymore.”― Scottie Pippen
“I was way behind physically in high school. They had weight bars that were about forty-five pounds.
I couldn’t handle them. Couldn’t even put the weights on. It was embarrassing.
So I always figured out ways to avoid lifting when I was young.”― Scottie Pippen
“I spend a lot of time at home with my kids.”― Scottie Pippen
“Coaching jobs are far and few between; you try and get into the right situation and take advantage of it from there.”― Scottie Pippen
“Each season was different and presented its own set of circumstances and challenges.”― Scottie Pippen
“You’ve got to have a commitment to your craft.”― Scottie Pippen
“When you get some easy baskets, the basket definitely looks like it’s much larger.”― Scottie Pippen
“I’m able to run and jump and do all the things I can do. I’m blessed.”― Scottie Pippen
“I just like to be around family.”― Scottie Pippen
“As I look back, I have to say growing up was fun, not a problem at all.”― Scottie Pippen
“I never wanted to be Michael Jordan, although I would like to trade bank accounts.”― Scottie Pippen
“I worked at a place called Virco. They build school desks.”― Scottie Pippen
“It’s definitely tough to get up and walk away from something you have been a part of for so long. But it’s part of life.”― Scottie Pippen
“It’s tough to lose and lose and lose and get a little closer, but you still lose.”― Scottie Pippen
“As a player that has played this game, I know, at the end of the day I’ve had numerous amount of surgeries, and the doctors released me numerous amount of times to go and play.
But a lot of those times didn’t mean go and play against the best in the world right now, but to get yourself ready to compete again.”― Scottie Pippen
“Sometimes as a player, you’re not there yet. The doctor can tell you the headache is gone, but he doesn’t totally know that it is gone unless he can get in your head.”― Scottie Pippen
“Fans are demanding. They want to win. They want it now.
If you have an injury, they want you back the next day.”― Scottie Pippen
“You continue to compete against the very best every day, and you will get better, or you’ll be embarrassed.”― Scottie Pippen
“It had been a long journey for me just to get drafted. I had to work very hard as a collegiate player just to get recognized, being at a small school.”― Scottie Pippen
“Defense was one thing I was really able to work at and get better.”― Scottie Pippen
“I went to a small school, so I had to be a jack of all trades and master a few.”― Scottie Pippen
“I’ve come a long way from my first commercials.”― Scottie Pippen
“Everyone in my family was pretty tall, so we always thought I would get bigger.”― Scottie Pippen
“I don’t really have any regrets.”― Scottie Pippen
“I think I learned a lot from a lot of experiences that I dealt with over my career.”― Scottie Pippen
“I’ll miss the competitive side and the camaraderie of being around the players and competing each and every day.”― Scottie Pippen
“I have been able to live my dream of playing basketball surrounded by people I love and being cheered on by the best fans in the world.”― Scottie Pippen
“It was truly an enjoyable moment in my life that I will never forget having the opportunity to play for two gold medals.
But I think nothing sticks out more than winning a championship in 1991 for me.”― Scottie Pippen
“I went through ups and downs as a young player dealing with criticism and things of that nature.
To finally win that first NBA championship, was definitely a relief from a lot of pressure and frustration we dealt with as a team.
It was great to bring a championship to the city of Chicago.”― Scottie Pippen
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“I wouldn’t give Charles Barkley an apology at gunpoint.
He can never expect an apology from me… If anything, he owes me an apology for coming to play with his sorry, fat butt.”― Scottie Pippen
“I’ve played basketball all of my life, and I’ve had things happen on the court that you eventually have to move on from.
It’s part of some of the obstacles that you meet in trying to reach your pinnacle.”― Scottie Pippen
“My mentality when guarding a point guard was always to try and disrupt him and take them out of the offense.”― Scottie Pippen
“When I got the call to guard Magic, I knew that I could cause him a lot of problems.”― Scottie Pippen
“I had watched Magic my whole career, even before my career, and so I knew the style of player that he was, and I knew what I had to do to prohibit him from being as effective on the basketball court as he had been throughout his career.”― Scottie Pippen
“When you suffer a few losses in the playoffs, it forces you back into the gym early on.”― Scottie Pippen
“When I look at my career, I was really about defending.”― Scottie Pippen
“I was a guy that had a lot of tools and could do a lot of other things, but my main thing was controlling the defensive end of the court.”― Scottie Pippen
“I knew I was a player that could break guys down and create for my teammates, and that is how I looked at it.”― Scottie Pippen
“I guess guys who play on national TV get a lot of publicity.”― Scottie Pippen
“I wasn’t really that interested in playing. I had gone through some hard times not playing in high school, but my coach had it in his mind that basketball was the way I would get an education.”― Scottie Pippen
“Defense is something I take a lot of pride in.”― Scottie Pippen
“Fatherhood is great.”― Scottie Pippen
“It’s an honor to have kids. It’s a responsibility.”― Scottie Pippen
“I’m never going to leave my family hanging out to dry.”― Scottie Pippen
“The respect I had to give my brothers and sisters growing up I think has helped me.
I want my kids to be raised the same way.”― Scottie Pippen
“I love playing in Chicago, and the fans have been great to me.”― Scottie Pippen
“I make a lot of money, but I need to be treated right.”― Scottie Pippen
“If things work out for you as a team, then there are individual things that happen for you.
But if you’re not talented enough as a team, it’s hard for people to give you the recognition.”― Scottie Pippen
“It doesn’t really count as a great year if the team is not doing well.”― Scottie Pippen
“When I say I played with the greatest, let’s not forget I also played for the greatest coach of all time.”― Scottie Pippen
“I’m proud to be considered a member of the Nike family.”― Scottie Pippen
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“I want to thank the NBA and U.S.A. Basketball. Words can’t describe my feeling.
I was a small town kid from Hamburg, Arkansas, and you provided me a platform to live out my passion, the game of basketball, on the world’s grandest stage.”― Scottie Pippen
“Basketball is a lifelong game. You continue to learn from the game day in and day out, and all along the way, you get better.”― Scottie Pippen
“It’s always been a passion of mine to come out and share some of my knowledge about basketball and the experiences I’ve had with the younger generation.”― Scottie Pippen
“It’s not always about getting better on the basketball court.
This game teaches you how to become a better person as well. It pushes you into the team concept.”― Scottie Pippen
“Some guys get into the NBA, get the big money, and are satisfied with themselves.”― Scottie Pippen
“I want to get into the NBA and make a name for myself.”― Scottie Pippen
“I want to be a role-model player, someone respected and looked up to.”― Scottie Pippen
“When the game is over, it’s over. We leave everything on the court.”― Scottie Pippen
“You just go out and try to always play at your best.”― Scottie Pippen
“I can be 60 years old, but I can always go back and play like I once did by just playing a video game. It’s really great.”― Scottie Pippen
“To be in a position where an organization like the Bulls creates a bust of you that will permanently be displayed in a building like the United Center says it all.
It’s hard to put into words because it is such an honor.
It’s great to know that something like that will be around forever.”― Scottie Pippen
“As a player, you experience so many different moments, but you never truly sit back and reflect on them.
You enjoy them, but with the championships, we were so busy celebrating with everyone that we didn’t really realize what we had accomplished as individuals and as a team.”― Scottie Pippen
“If I could have written a script of how I wanted my career to be, I couldn’t have done it any better.”― Scottie Pippen
“I was lucky to play with guys who were not only good players but great people.”― Scottie Pippen
“If you’re not on a team that’s winning, it takes a lot out of you as a player.”― Scottie Pippen
“I love this city and the Chicago fans.”― Scottie Pippen
“Chicago’s where I started my career. I’ve had a lot of success playing here.”― Scottie Pippen
“I know how to win games.”― Scottie Pippen
“For me, getting your number retired is the greatest accomplishment.
There is no accolade with more significance than you can receive from an organization or school.
Whether it was my four years at Central Arkansas or all my seasons with the Bulls in Chicago, it’s a sign of respect for what I have done.”― Scottie Pippen
“Defensive awards and accolades aside, to have your jersey retired puts you in a position where you’ll be known forever.”― Scottie Pippen
“I remember the night in December 2005 when the Bulls retired my number and will never, ever forget it.”― Scottie Pippen
“When I grew up, I was just another kid who wasn’t going to college.”― Scottie Pippen
“College was a very necessary step along the way to my professional career.
As I look back, I realize how much of an eye-opener it was for me in terms of moving forward and developing as a basketball player.”― Scottie Pippen
“There are a lot of people from my Central Arkansas days that I owe a lot of thanks to for how they helped me over the years.”― Scottie Pippen
“Coach Dyer was a great mentor for me and a great teacher.”― Scottie Pippen
“The odds were against me when I arrived at Central Arkansas.
I was barely 6-foot-2 and didn’t have a scholarship.
But I always felt I could make it to the NBA; it was as if I had foreseen my future, and I knew I would make it.”― Scottie Pippen
“It takes locking in on the task at hand and honing in on what you need to do in order to be successful in the NBA postseason.”― Scottie Pippen
“While I dealt with my share of injuries throughout my career, I was fortunate to have been healthy for the majority of our run in the 1990s.
The same can be said about Michael Jordan.”― Scottie Pippen
“As a young player, I always thought I was doing everything I could.
But the longer you play, the more you learn, and the better you’re prepared for what this game throws at you.”― Scottie Pippen
“As a player, NBA All-Star Weekend contains a lot of joy and a lot of excitement.
Even with all the hype built into the game, it’s really a special honor to be selected among many great players.”― Scottie Pippen
“I don’t believe being a Hall of Famer is based on individual accolades.
I think winning has a lot to do with it. But perhaps more than that, you simply have to show that you are the best or among the best at what you do.”― Scottie Pippen
“If you can prove that you’re in that elite class on a consistent basis, it speaks volumes about a player’s longevity.
It also says that as a player, you were steady, stable, and great and that you deserve to be recognized.”― Scottie Pippen
“When I look back at my first few seasons in the NBA, we didn’t dominate as a team.
There were a lot of nights where we took a beating and got whacked across the head.
But we got better along the way, and we started to taste the success.
With that came the pressure and expectations to be successful.”― Scottie Pippen
“It’s not common for your best player to also be your most unselfish player.”― Scottie Pippen
“Everyone likes to strike while the iron is hot. That’s a philosophy I’ve always liked.”― Scottie Pippen
“Pau Gasol is one of the best big men in the game.”― Scottie Pippen
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“What is most remarkable to me about Durant’s game is what he does give his size.
It’s so unique to have a player who is 6-foot-9 with the ability to shoot and handle the ball so well.
It allows him to stretch the opposing team’s defense because he can do those things at such a high level.
He’s a load to deal with and an extremely tough matchup.”― Scottie Pippen
“When you endure an 82-game season, you have a great opportunity to build a lot of confidence and cohesiveness with your teammates and coaches.”― Scottie Pippen
“It’s not easy to win 60 games in the NBA.”― Scottie Pippen
“When you speak of the Pat Rileys, the Phil Jacksons, you have to speak of Don Nelson and the success that he has had in the game.”― Scottie Pippen
“When you look at Jerry Sloan teams, they’re all very disciplined.
They execute well. They play within themselves.”― Scottie Pippen
“When it’s late in a game and things are tough and you need a basket, someone has to step up.
That player has to have the ability to create opportunities and draw fouls.”― Scottie Pippen
“To be named as one of the finalists for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010 on Friday was a special moment for me. As a player, it’s something that you dream about. It’s an honor that you have to earn based on your career and the respect from your peers around you.”― Scottie Pippen
“Being in the Hall of Fame is where any player wants to be at the end of his career. It’s somewhat of a last step for a player in terms of their career, and it’s a place where you’ll always be remembered for what you accomplished.”― Scottie Pippen
“There are no guarantees in the league, and the challenges will always be there.”― Scottie Pippen
“I prefer starting. Anyone in this league does.”― Scottie Pippen
“I loved playing against the Pacers and Reggie Miller. Reggie was a great competitor, and I enjoyed playing against competitors.”― Scottie Pippen
“I’m thankful that I was able to have a long, healthy career for the most part.”― Scottie Pippen
“I wasn’t given a scholarship out of high school, and that allowed me to learn what hard work was early on.”― Scottie Pippen
“I will always be a part of the game.”― Scottie Pippen
“When I got to Central Arkansas, I was a small, slim guy with little chance of playing in the NBA.
Then, I went through a two-year growth spurt, and suddenly, I was 6-foot-7.”― Scottie Pippen
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“I want to do the best I can in the NBA. After three or four years, I want people to know who Scottie Pippen is.”― Scottie Pippen
“When I was growing up, I never thought I would play in the NBA.”― Scottie Pippen
“I think when you come from a small college as I did, then you have to use every opportunity available to you.”― Scottie Pippen
“I always help take care of my family.”― Scottie Pippen
“At the point when I lost my father, it really made me want to be like a father and be like my father.
It was a real turning point for me because it helped me mature – it made me think about being responsible because I wasn’t the only one I had to think about.”― Scottie Pippen
“I feel like I’m a guy who gets other guys shots.”― Scottie Pippen
“The key about playing internationally is the confidence that you gain.
Not only do you train with some of the best players in the NBA, but you compete against some of the best players in the world.”― Scottie Pippen
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“To have a beautiful house on the outside is one thing… Once you get inside, that’s what really makes a home.”― Scottie Pippen