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: Could a knee injury have slowed Jimmy Butler in the fourth quarter against Celtics?

Bulls: Could a knee injury have slowed Jimmy Butler in the fourth quarter against Celtics?

As Jimmy Butler sat with his sweat-soaked jersey still attached to his body, Dwyane Wade yelled out that all the hot water was gone from the TD Garden showers, a fitting end to a miserable night.

Butler hadn't yet gone to the showers because electrodes were attached to his knees, but it was the left one that prevented him from being as aggressive as he should have been in the Bulls' 108-97 loss to the Celtics on Wednesday night.

Butler's 30-foot buzzer-beater to end the third quarter seemed to indicate a harbinger of things to come, giving the Bulls an 81-79 lead. A fourth-quarter explosion likely would have sent the Bulls back to Chicago with a 3-2 lead and a chance to clinch the series at home Friday night.

But he could only muster two shots and barely seemed to push off on his left foot—his lead foot, and it hampered what the Bulls could do late as he was their prime fourth-quarter performer.

He couldn't even go straight up on a jumper over the diminutive Isaiah Thomas without pump-faking, throwing off his rhythm. He wouldn't elaborate on the injury, although he said it happened during the second half of Game 4 on Sunday night when he collided with a Celtics player.

"I'm good. Everyone's a little nicked up; I'll be all right," Butler said in the locker room.

Going 6-for-15 overall, one would have thought Butler was conserving his energy, but he clearly didn't have his usual spunk. It was partly the reason Dwyane Wade took over more, with 26 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, but having Butler around could have helped close a game that got away from them in a four-minute stretch where the Bulls lost their composure.

Wade has had to play through his share of injuries during his career, and although he wouldn't divulge whatever Butler was going through, it seemed as if they had a conversation about managing his body.

"We've talked about it. When you've had any limitations no matter what, at this time of year people are banged-up," Wade said. "It's expected. But we have to do a better job of putting him in different places on the basketball floor.

"I don't know exactly what he's going through or what he's feeling, but it's tough when you are, and you try to beat a guy from halfcourt to the rim, or three defenders. So we've got to a better job of finding areas for him to work without having to work so hard. That's on all of us."

Bulls Talk Podcast: Breaking down the Game 5 loss

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Breaking down the Game 5 loss

Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill and Will Perdue analyze Game 5 between the Bulls and Celtics, how the Bulls can correct their mistakes for Friday night and whether Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade have enough left in the tank to win two straight against the top seed in the Eastern Conference.