Even the most successful NBA players tend to have some regrets about their careers. The question that represents itself is whether they could have done something differently if they had the knowledge they have today. Scottie Pippen is one of those players, who despite winning six NBA championships, had one regret about his career.
In an interview with ESPN, Scottie talked about the Andre Igoudala situation he is currently having with the Memphis Grizzlies and not being able to play for a championship contender. Pippen believes older players no longer have the necessary stamina and endurance to play hard for 82 games in the regular season. Their experience is more suited for teams that are competing for a championship where their knowledge can be utilized better during a playoff run.
At the age of 34, Pippen joined the Portland Trailblazers, who had a reliable team and were close to winning a championship in 2000. He accepted a lesser role with the team; however, Pippen said he played a lot of minutes despite being in his mid 30’s. He ended his career with the Chicago Bulls that were a young team that didn’t go anywhere. Pippen thinks his talents would benefit more from a team that was competing for a championship at that time.
“I wish I had played with a more veteran team. Teams where I could have pulled back on my minutes, and even when I played in Portland, I carried a lot of minutes on that team. After I left Portland, going to Chicago, I went to another young team. It would be a better fit for me had I went to a more veteran team and being able to pull off the court a bit. I would focus more on the postseason instead of the regular season.”
Pippen retired at the age of 38 as a member of the Chicago Bulls with whom he had the most success. He averaged 6 points per game in 18 minutes of action and was a solid role player coming off the bench. There is no question a team that was competing for a championship at that time would benefit from having Pippen on their side. He was still able to produce 15-20 quality minutes on a nightly basis, especially in the playoffs where every play matters.