Scottie Pippen wants to play in NBA again

@Idlewild (6094)
United States
February 17, 2007 12:33am CST
"Pippen announced he's hoping for a late-season return to a contending team - preferably in a warm-weather city - nearly 2½ years after he left the league. "I know that I have the skills," Pippen said. "I think it's sort of been on my mind the last couple of months. It's just about me going out and polishing my skills." " He hasn't played in a game since October of 2004. Do you think he should return? Could he help a team win a championship?
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@slavezero (835)
• Philippines
22 Feb 07
i still believe that he still have the skills but not as good as before, skills decline as players grow old the best thing that he can bring and offer to his is new team is his veteran presense and leadership it will help any team compete for the playoffs. i've heard that the Miami, Cleveland and LA are interested with him. for me the best team for him to play is with kobe and phil jackson. kobe ressembles the playing style of MJ and system adjustment will not be difficult for pippen because he previously play with the LA coach and created a dynasty together with phil jackson and MJ with the bulls
@Idlewild (6094)
• United States
22 Feb 07
It'll be interesting to see what moves teams make, since today is the trading deadline. Teams may be more interested in picking up Pippen depending on what they do or don't do by the deadline. It would be fun to watch him playing with any of those three teams.
@Chapman15 (1501)
• United States
26 Feb 07
He definately should stay retired! Did you see Jordan's fling with the Wizards? He looked like half the player he was, and if Scottie is half the player he was then look out! That isn't a vote of confidence for him. Webber looks like a new man, but he's been playing between injuries the past couple years atleast... Did you hear Barkley laughing last night when someone told him Scottie was coming back!?!
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@Idlewild (6094)
• United States
26 Feb 07
It'll be interesting to see if a team picks him up, now that the trading deadline has passed. If Pippen wants to come back, I hope he's been working out really hard every day. I don't know if he has, though.
@Chapman15 (1501)
• United States
26 Feb 07
I guess if guys like Alonzo Mourning, Darrell Armstrong, Dale Davis, and Dikembe Mutumbo are still making an impact then anything is possible. I just don't expect him to be able to make much of an impact!
• United States
26 Feb 07
I don't think he should return. More than ever, basketball is a young mans game. I don't know why it's so hard to walk away from the game for some players. Scottie Pippen doesn't need the money. I don't see why he would want to get back into the arena. It reminds me of boxers who just refuse to quit until it's too late. Holyfield has a fight coming up soon. I don't think any doctor should approve of him getting back in the ring. Lloyd
@Idlewild (6094)
• United States
26 Feb 07
Athletes just love the competition and the game, and really miss it when they stop playing. Sitting on the sidelines commenting on it probably makes the problem worse, since they're at the games and watching them all the time. Holyfield is fighting again? Jeez, he should quit while he still has his senses. Though if he's still interested in getting pounded in the ring, then maybe he's lost his senses already.
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
20 Feb 07
After watching him participate on the recently concluded all-star weekend, I think he's still in great shape and I think he can still cope up with the tempo. But he have to practice more before joining again if he wants to preserve his reputation, he can provide a very good leadership to his younger teammates if ever he decides to return. But I still have doubts of him because of his age, I think he should step down and give room for other younger talented players..
@Idlewild (6094)
• United States
20 Feb 07
I didn't see much of the all-star festivities, good to hear he's at least in good shape. Wonder if he's still got the speed and skills to compete? It's smart that he's doing it only for a playoff run, I think, rather than a whole season.
@DocterDew (902)
• United States
18 Feb 07
No he shouldn't return at all. He's not good enough, he's slow, and I'm sure he's gotten fat. Mix that all with the fact he was getting worse in the october 04. He hasn't played very well in a while.
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@Idlewild (6094)
• United States
18 Feb 07
I wonder what he's been doing to prepare for his comeback? Jordan was working out with a bunch of NBA players when he was preparing for his return, but I haven't heard anything about what Pippen's been doing.
@cassidy22 (2975)
• United States
17 Feb 07
Why not. He was a good player, he could still get some court time. Maybe he misses the endorsement deals. Or maybe he finds retirement boring.
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@Idlewild (6094)
• United States
17 Feb 07
It sounds like he's getting itchy being at the games as a commentator and watching others play, and not doing it himself. I'm sure a lot of players feel that way when they retire, they miss it and figure 'hey, I can still do that.'
@lonewolfnan (4367)
• Canada
17 Feb 07
Scottie is just learning from other sports stars who do not play full-time.I am thinking of players like Brian Leetch and Roger Clemens as examples.They have reached the age where they may not be able to play a full schedule,but for short runs can still pull out the magic.
@Idlewild (6094)
• United States
17 Feb 07
Yes, sounds like he knows he couldn't handle the grind of a full season, but would like to latch onto a good team for a playoff run.