July 20, 2003 -- The Chicago Bulls today announced that Scottie Pippen has signed to play again for the team with which he began his NBA career. In accordance with team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.
Pippen, a seven-time NBA All-Star, two-time Olympic gold medalist and one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history said, “I’ve always been a Bull in my heart, and now I will play where my heart is. I love this city and the Chicago fans, and even if I’ve had my highs and lows with this organization, I’m comfortable here and confident in the people in place today.”
Pippen, who played for the Portland Trail Blazers the past four seasons, entertained interest from seven NBA teams and offers from multiple teams. The six-time NBA All Defensive First Team member decided not to wait on formal offers from the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs or contending Dallas Mavericks, instead meeting with new Bulls’ General Manager John Paxson on Thursday and coming to an agreement.
“At the end of the day, I have trust and respect for Pax (John Paxson),” Pippen said, adding, “Coming back to Chicago was a huge factor, but John Paxson tipped the scales.”
Pippen, 37, believes that the organization is headed in the right direction, stating, “I have confidence the team will improve. I’m here to help get this team back to the playoffs – that’s my goal. I’ve made the playoffs every year of my 16-year career, and I don’t plan on breaking that streak.”
Pippen won six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls, and his teams collectively have compiled one of the highest winning percentages in NBA history. Pippen also has played in the second most playoff games of anyone in NBA history.
“I think I know how to win games in the NBA. It may sound simple, but both winning and losing can become a mindset, and I won’t accept losing – ever. Whether it’s on the floor, in the huddle, at practice or just demonstrating a winning leadership, I plan on helping this team win,” said Pippen.
Neither the Bulls or Pippen will be holding a press conference at this time. He is on vacation and will be traveling with his family this week.