CHICAGO -- Scottie Pippen knows that Friday night will be an
emotional one for him.
"It's hard to put it in perspective right now," Pippen told
reporters before Monday's game between the Bulls and Dallas
Mavericks. "I'm starting to feel a little emotional about what's
going to happen Friday night. Getting your number put in the
rafters is always something that as a kid ... you dream of seeing
happen to you."
Pippen, who spent 12 of his 17 NBA seasons with the Bulls, has
an impressive list of accomplishments.
He and Michael Jordan led the Bulls to six NBA championships in
the 1990s. A seven-time All-Star, Pippen was chosen as one of the
NBA's 50 greatest players in 1996 and was on two teams that won
Olympic gold medals.
He is the Bulls' leader in 3-pointers made (664) and attempted
(2,031), and is second in points (15,123), field goals (5,991),
field goal attempts (12,444), free throw attempts (3,576),
offensive rebounds (1,687), defensive rebounds (4,039), assists
(4,494), steals (1,792), seasons (12), games (856) and minutes
Pippen's number will join Jordan's 23, Bob Love's 10 and Jerry
Sloan's 4 in the rafters. The Bulls have also honored Phil Jackson
and Jerry Krause, the coach and general manager during the
Jackson will be there Friday, coaching the Lakers. Jordan is
"It's going to be great," Pippen said. "A lot of the players
are coming. I wasn't here when they put [Jackson] up in the
rafters. But to have him here as my number goes up, it brings back
a lot of great memories."