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Bulls to immortilize Scottie Pippen in bronze

Bulls to immortilize Scottie Pippen in bronze

Thursday, March 17, 2011Posted: 4:15 PM

By Aggrey Sam
CSNChicago.com

This being the 20th anniversary of the Bulls first NBA title, its only fitting that NBA Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen will be immortalized with a statue inside the United Center.

The organization announced Thursday that Pippen, currently the teams ambassador, will be honored with a bronze bust during a halftime ceremony at an April 7 home game against the Boston Celtics.

Words really cant express my feelings, Pippen said in a statement released by the team. Its something you dream of as a kid growing up, but you can never foresee those childhood fantasies becoming reality.

You see statues of individuals who have done great things and made their mark on history, but as a basketball player, you never really think about arriving at this point, continued Pippen, who will join Comcast SportsNets television broadcast team for the Bulls playoff games. Its an amazing honor for the Chicago Bulls to do this for me.

The statue, which will be located on the 100-level concourse of the United Center, was created by Omri and Julie Rotblatt-Amrany, the sculptors of Michael Jordans bust outside the arena.

Not only is Scottie Pippen one of the greatest players to ever wear a Bulls uniform, but hes among the best players in the history of the league to play the game, Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a statement. He had a tremendous impact in bringing six world championships to Chicago and there is no better way to pay tribute to him than with a permanent bust that honors his inspirational career.

Aggrey Sam is CSNChicago.com's Bulls Insider. Follow him @CSNBullsInsider on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bulls information and his take on the team, the NBA and much more.

Bulls Talk Podcast: How blockbuster trade between Cavaliers-Celtics impacts Eastern Conference

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Bulls Talk Podcast: How blockbuster trade between Cavaliers-Celtics impacts Eastern Conference

On this edition of the Bulls Talk Podcast, Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill, and Kevin Anderson break down the blockbuster Cavs-Celtics trade and how it impacts both teams.

Plus should Bulls fans be upset at the deal they got for Jimmy Butler in light of the Irving trade? Kendall also shares his recent conversation with Dwyane Wade and the panel weighs in if it’s a foregone conclusion that Wade ends up playing with Lebron this upcoming season.

Listen to the full episode here:

Report: LeBron James' camp thinks Dwyane Wade will wind up with Cavs

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Report: LeBron James' camp thinks Dwyane Wade will wind up with Cavs

There was a time in the not-too-distant past that then-Bulls Derrick Rose went toe-to-toe with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, the Miami Heat's tag-team duo in the Eastern Conference.

Six years later, Wade has replaced Rose in Chicago. Rose made a pitstop in New York via trade. James, after winning two titles in Miami, went back to Cleveland. Rose joined him earlier this offseason, signing a one-year deal with the Cavs.

Got all that?

The NBA looks different these days, and according to one Cavaliers beat writer it could look way different sometime this year. That's because Cleveland.com's Joe Vardon reported Tuesday that people in James' camp believe Dwyane Wade will play for the Cavaliers at some point this season.

"As of right now, people close to James are fairly confident that, at some point this year, Dwyane Wade is going to end up on the Cavs."

Now, there's obviously a lot to break down here. First, Wade is under contract with the Bulls and is due nearly $24 million this season. Then again, a report earlier this month said that Wade is likely to be bought out by the Bulls sometime in the near future. That part isn't all that wild, but it's far from a sure thing, especially if Wade and the Bulls can't agree on how much Wade should receive if bought out.

Then there's the decision Wade would have to make after clearing waivers. It was pretty clear he wasn't chasing a championship ring when he opted to sign with the Bulls last summer. Who's to say that itch has returned? We already know he'd be welcomed back to Miami, as face-of-the-franchise center Hassan Whiteside said he would.

Going to Cleveland would, of course, put Wade in great position to go chase a fourth NBA title, but it would also put him alongside his good friend James.

There's a lot to break down here, but we know this much: the Bulls have entered rebuilding mode and clearly don't have a use for Wade. But Wade could also be part of a trade in the winter as an expiring contract that nets the Bulls future assets. He's also a heck of a mentor for what will be one of the best young teams in the league. He also puts butts in the United Center seats, which may be more difficult to do than in recent years.