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He was one of a dozen children who grew up in tiny Hamburg, Arkansas. As a freshman at tiny University of Central Arkansas, an NAIA school, he was a nonscholarship player and received financial aid for being the team manager. To pay for the rest of his education he worked in the summers as a welder attaching the arms of school desks to the legs, leaving him with scars on his own arms.
Before that near-miss, as is well-documented, Pippen spent his freshman year as a team manager on a work-study program because he wasn't good enough coming out of Hamburg, Ark., to earn a scholarship until two players quit. [Central Arkansas coach Don] Dyer let Pippen be part of the program only as a favor to Pippen's high school coach, Donald Wayne, who played for Dyer in college.
"Scottie was only about 6-2 leaving high school, but his brothers were tall, so I thought he could grow,'' said Wayne, whom Pippen invited to Springfield, Mass., for the induction. "And as a point guard for me, he always did exactly what I wanted him to do."