Praising the other '33'

Bill Simmons doesn't want to waste his time defending the career of Scottie Pippen.

Updated: May 31, 2005, 2:26 PM ET
By Bill Simmons | Page 2

Editor's Note: This article appears in the October 29th issue of ESPN The Magazine.

Where you stand on Scottie Pippen depends on two questions: 1. Do you follow the NBA? I mean, do you really follow it? 2. Do you give up on anyone who has made even one stupid mistake in his life?

If the answer is "yes" for No. 1, you probably wonder why Scottie's recent retirement wasn't a bigger story. It's not every day one of the 20 greatest players ever hangs it up, right? Does MJ win six ...

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