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Sunday, February 18, 2007

An unlikely comeback

Scottie Pippen, the former Michael Jordan sidekick who also starred for the Portland Trail Blazers the last time they were any good, made a few small-font headlines this week. He suggested that he should return to pro basketball now, as a player and a coach, and help an ambitious team take its playoff run all the way to a championship.

Pippen, now 41 years old and living in Fort Lauderdale, was not playing hard at the end of his time in Portland. And he wasn't exactly a major positive factor on the bench or in the locker room, openly warring with then-coach Mike Dunleavy. Pippen obviously thought he would make a better coach.

Will anything come of this? I doubt it. He'll be hurt within a couple of weeks of trying to get serious. Kobe Bryant reportedly says he wants him on the Lakers. If it happened, I think Bryant would be sorry he said that.

The real reason for this silly talk is probably this. Believe it or not, old Scottie may need the money.

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"the plane, which according to aircraft records is a Grumman Gulfstream II, a twin-jet corporate-size plane." Nice...my cousin has one, plus a Lear, but he made all of his money as an underwriter for the Microsoft IPO way back when I was in high school in the early 80's.

I remember reading something about Scottie buying a yacht for $30 million way back in his Blazers days. Michael Jordan and LeBron James can throw money around that way thanks to their endorsement deals...but Scottie Pippen? I think he has a serious case of "I wanna be like Mikeitis" or something.

It's sad to see these guys who have been given so many gifts, and get to play a GAME for millions of dollars a year who can't hang onto it. Really, I sort of feel sorry for them because it doesn't seem like they know any better. The saddest thing of all are the old boxers who try to make a come back...those that exploit that situation should be put in jail.

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