Well it looks like Pippen really ain’t easy these days huh? According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the word around the campfire is that New York Knicks general manager Steve Mills met with Scottie Pippen at the NBA draft combine for a couple of minutes discussing a position in Phil Jackson’s country club… I mean the New York Knicks organization. His position more likely than not will be an assistant coach job.
Scottie Pippen, who won six titles with the Chicago Bulls under current President Phil Jackson if hired further proves that whomever coaches the New York Knicks will be implementing the triangle offense that is near and dear to Jackson’s heart. After Steve Kerr did an about-face and took his talents that we haven’t seen yet to Golden State, the leader in the clubhouse now reportedly is Derek Fisher.
If Scottie Pippen does join the Knicks, it is another brick to the foundation to build the Knicks back to respectability. If anything, it shows soon to be free agent Carmelo Anthony that Jackson is serious about turning things around. Carmelo in my opinion is a challenge to coach at times and Phil realizes that a seven time All-Star and one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players will be able to reach Melo if he decides to stay in a Knicks uniform. But to cross the bridge, he’s going to have to learn the triangle offense, which is the toll.
Scottie Pippen did have a statement about joining the Knicks to The Post…
” I haven’t talked to Phil, I have to wait until that time comes. Right now nothing’s out there. I’m not going to say whether I’m interested or not until it happens.”
What I got out of it is this. When I get back from Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s wedding, and set up a meeting, I will snatch me up a job with the quickness. Oh, like you guys didn’t know that Scottie’s wife and Kim Kardashian are BFF’s. Oh maybe it is just me.
Seriously Pippen Peoples, if this is true (I really believe it is) it might be time to let the Carmelo Anthony dream go for real. The Knicks do not have a lot of assets going into next year but at least a plan is being executed, whatever that is. Phil Jackson is going to roll with his inner circle going forward and I believe that Carmelo will be a part of what Phil Jackson is putting together.
If these two can accomplish in New York what they did in Chicago. The New York Knicks fans can stop looking to old Willis Reed video for happiness. Teaming up with Michael Jordan they dominated the 90’s with six titles in eight years. A time that Chicago fans have been holding onto lately for comfort. Here’s a layout of some of Scottie Pippen’s accomplishments.
Named to the NBA All Defensive First Team eight consecutive years.
Named to the All-NBA First Team three times.
He was a seven time All-Star (1994 MVP)
Named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996-97.
Original Dream Team member
Inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame…twice.
As the website is named…Pippen Ain’t Easy.