Pippen surprises Conan and sets him straight

During a taping of Conan at the Chicago Theater, talk show host Conan O’Brien donned a Celtics jacket much to the crowd’s dismay. Enter Bulls Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen, who did what practically everyone in attendance wanted to do.

By Adam Fluck | 06.15.2012

Scottie Pippen made a surprise appearance on Conan Thursday night. And in doing so, he set the late night talk show host straight.

Filming his fourth and final show of the week at the Chicago Theater, Conan O’Brien was in the middle of his monologue when he decided the temperature was a bit too cool.

“I’m chilly,” said O’Brien, who lived in Chicago a block north of Wrigley Field during the summer of 1988. “I’m going to put on a little something. Is that OK?”

Scottie Pippen and Adam Sandler
Scottie Pippen and Adam Sandler pose before appearing on Conan at the Chicago Theater.

He walked to the side of the stage, where a staffer helped him put on a Boston Celtics jacket, much to the crowd’s displeasure.

“What’s the problem?” O’Brien jeered the audience. “What’s the matter? You can’t handle that I’m from Boston and a Celtics fan? Boo hoo, Chicago. I’ve got one question for you, what are you going to do about it?”

Enter Pippen, who walked onto the stage as the band played and the crowd erupted.

O’Brien stood frozen as Pippen approached. Then Pippen ripped off the jacket and tossed it aside. The Hall of Famer smiled, pointed at O’Brien with a look a bemusement, shrugged, and he was off. His work there was done.

“You’re going to pay for that!” shouted O’Brien after Pippen had left.

“That really hurt, too,” O’Brien laughed. “He took some of my torso muscle with it.”

“He’s been back there all four days and I was wondering why,” cracked O’Brien’s sidekick, Andy Richter.

Prior to taping, Pippen met actor Adam Sandler, who was on the show to talk about his new movie, “That’s My Boy,” which opened Friday. Sandler is currently filming “Grown Ups 2.”

The two talked for awhile in Pippen’s dressing room, mostly about basketball, with Sandler getting Pippen’s thoughts on this year’s NBA Finals and Pippen asking Sandler, who has attended numerous games at Madison Square Garden over the years, about his Knicks. But the discussion eventually shifted to the glory days of the 1990s.

“Me and [Chris] Rock were always talking about Michael Jordan and the Bulls,” Sandler told Pippen. “But he never won without Scottie Pippen!”