Pippen Relates to Westbrook: ‘I Was The Happiest Man Alive’ When Jordan Left (Video)
As one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players, it took until 1993 for Scottie Pippen to be the main man on the Chicago Bulls when Michael Jordan retired to pursue a career in Major League Baseball.
On Tuesday, Pippen was asked about Russell Westbrook situation in OKC on ESPN’s “The Jump with Rachel Nichols”, and he compared it to what he went through in Chicago.
“I was the happiest man alive,” Pippen told Nichols. “I got a chance to be the man for a change. It’s something that you embrace as a player, especially when you’re in a position where you’re probably not going to get that spotlight, like myself playing with Michael. So when he was retired, I was very happy, but I did want him to come back.”
“Going through those two years, I started to get a little bit sad,” Pippen said. “But (Jordan) saw it and decided to come back.”
“In this situation with Westbrook, he’s embracing the opportunity of really leading his team, getting the triple-doubles,” he said. “And they’re getting wins.”
In 135 games without Jordan, Pippen averaged 22 points, 8.6 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 2.9 steals, while shooting 48 percent from the field.