DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Scottie Pippen's selection into the Basketball Hall of Fame had fans all over Chicago in a good mood on Monday afternoon, and the current crop of Bulls players and coaches were no different...
Bulls forward Luol Deng remembered watching Pippen play on television while he was growing up in England. "The only team I really saw when I was in England was the Chicago Bulls," Deng said after Monday's practice. "When M.J. and Scottie were playing it was the only team that every time they played it was on TV. I watched Scottie a lot. I watched a lot of Scottie early in his career and how he's developed his shooting game and everything. It's great to see him get added to the Hall of Fame."
Over the years, Pippen and Deng have crossed paths several times at the Berto Center. "I see him more in the summer now," Deng said. "I think he stays somewhere else in the winter. I tried to work with Scottie a little bit when I first came in the league. When I first came in, that's when he was leaving, so I got to know him a little bit."
Deng said those meetings helped him out on the floor.
"Whenever you're around those guys, they love to give you tips," he said. "All the former players. Even Toni Kukoc when he's around, he's always giving tips and stuff."
Joakim Noah echoed some of the same sentiments that Deng expressed. "It was great watching one of the greats play for a while growing up," he said of Pippen. "Even though I usually rooted against him, being a Knicks fan. [He was] a helluva player."
Of course, Noah added a little flavor of his own while singing the praises of Pippen. "I love getting massages from [the team masseuse] and she always loves talking about Scottie Pippen. Scottie was her favorite person to massage. [She] will probably talk about that today."