Skip to main content

PIPPEN'S JOURNEY TO THE NBA: “He started off as the equipment manager”


Scottie Pippen’s journey to the NBA has been far from ordinary. Pippen grew up in a working-class family in Hamburg, Arkansas, where he attended Hamburg High School. He was playing point guard at the time and had earned all-conference honors as a senior. At first, Pippen didn’t receive any college scholarship offers until persuading Don Dyer of the University of Central Arkansas to provide him with one.

“A few guys academically fell off, so some scholarships came available, and I go back, ask the coach. I was very persistent, and he finally gave me a scholarship”

Scottie Pippen, The Last Dance

After receiving a scholarship from the UCA, his journey there didn’t start the whey he had hoped. It took Scottie a lot of time to prove himself as a basketball player to coach Dyer. However, he didn’t lose faith in one day making it to the NBA and was ready to do whatever it took to make his dream a reality.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

“He always knew he was going to make it to the NBA. I didn’t believe him. Scottie arrived at UCA, and he started as being the equipment manager, but he was practicing and doing all of those things that he should do with the team”

Ronnie Martin, The Last Dance

His transition from 6’1”, the 155-pound guard he was in high school to a 6’8” all-around forward at the end of his college career drew the attention of NBA scouts. His senior year in college, Pippen was named a Consensus NAIA All-American, averaging 23.6 points, 10 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game. His versatility and athletic ability, along with his humbleness, were very appealing.

Playing point guard early in his career helped him develop playmaking abilities, which, combined with his size and an excellent feel for the game, made him an intriguing prospect. Bulls GM Jerry Krause recognized the potential in Scottie, trading their draft rights to No.8 pick Olden Polynice to the Seattle Supersonics for No.5 pick Scottie Pippen.

Pippen went on to have a historically great career, winning 6 NBA championship along with Michael Jordan and becoming a crucial part of one of the greatest teams in NBA history. Not bad for someone who started as an equipment manager.


Draymond Green had a huge blunt station at his wedding

No wonder LeBron, Curry, Tatum, and numerous other NBA stars had such a great time at Draymond's wedding.


Skip Bayless takes a dig at Bronny James' monster dunk: "Your dad would have done it better!"

It seems like Skip is planting seeds to hate on the next generation of LeBron James and his family.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Channing Frye

“Everyone loves this conversation, but stop it, because the things that you judge it by is never the same.” — Channing Frye hates the GOAT debate

Frye explains why Shaquille O'Neal's percieved value has depreciated over time because of the GOAT conversation.

Michigan State Spartans center Anthony Ianni and forward Draymond Green

Why ex-teammate Anthony Ianni calls his friendship with Draymond Green a blessing in disguise

A great story explaining why Draymond is beloved by teammates, despite his abrasive character.

Golden State Warriors head coach Keith Smart instructs point guard Stephen Curry

“He didn't believe that much in Steph and would bench him a lot” — Jeremy Lin opens up about the rocky relationship between Steph Curry and his former coach Keith Smart

During Steph's second year in the league, he was often yelled at, benched during the 4th quarter, and reprimanded by his former coach, Keith Smart.

Paul Westhead, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the Lakers

“When you try to reign in a 22-year-old elite athlete from pushing himself to be his best, you’re going to get conflict.” — Kareem weighs in on the Magic vs. Westhead issue

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar walked down memory lane and shared his take on the issue between Magic Johnson and Paul Westhead back in the day.