An American former basketball player, Scottie Pippen has played in the National Basketball Association. Nicknamed "Pip, he is remembered for his notable appearance with Chicago Bulls from where he began his career and rose to fame as well. He was the NBA All-Star winner for seven times and was named as one of the 50 greatest Players of NBA. Apart from his professional career, he has married twice and had eight children altogether.
Early Life and Education
Scottie Pippen was born Scottie Maurice Pippen on 25th September 1965 in Hamburg, Arkansas with the birth sign Libra. He is American and belongs to African-American ethnicity. Pippen was raised by his parents, Ethel and Presto Pippen (worked in a paper mill) along with his 11 siblings.
Pippen finished his schooling at Hamburg High School. His parents could not afford to send him to the college, as his father was paralyzed. His father used to work in a paper mill until a stroke paralyzed his right side, prevented him from walking and affected his speech as well. He was not offered any scholarships in the college.
Pippen started his playing career at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. He was discovered by then-UCA Head coach, Don Dyer as a 6 feet 1-inch walk-on.
From the very early age, Pippen began to play basketball and earned all-conference honors as a high school senior. Later, he played for his college after being discovered by the head coach named, Don Dyer.
Pippen then started playing in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) but did not receive much of the recognition. He did not give up and kept on playing. As a result, he received 23.6 points in which he earned 60% field goal in the Central Arkansas senior Consensus NAIA All-American honors. After the game, he grabbed the attention of NBA (National Basketball Association) from when his real journey began.
Pippen began his professional career in basketball after being drafted in the 1987 NBA draft by the Seattle SuperSonics (an American professional basketball team) who was traded to the Chicago Bulls. He then became one of the young Chicago forward tandems with Horace Grant who came off as a back up to Brad Sellers and Charles Oakley.
On 7th November 1987, Pippen made his debut from the Bulls in the first game of the season against Philadelphia 76ers in which he made his team win the match with the score of 10 points and 1 rebound. In the team, he became close to his fellow player, Michael Jordan with whom he used to practice and enhance his skills.
In the 1988 NBA Playoff, Pippen appeared as a Bull’s young forwards and made his career’s highest score with 16.5 points. His work helped him earn the NBA All-Star selection in the year 1990. He then supported his team in the Conference Finals in 1989-1990. He along with the team could not win the match in 1990 due to his migraine problem.
In the NBA season, 1990-91, Pippen appeared as the Bull’s primary defensive stopper and a scoring threat in the triangle offense of Phil Jackson. In the same season, he achieved his career’s first triple-double while playing against Angeles Clippers. The team won the match with the 105-97 score in the match.
While playing against Charlotte Hornets, he gave the season’s best score with 43 points, which made the team win with the score 129-108. He was honored as NBA All-Defensive Second Team for his contributions.
In 1991, among 9 players, Pippen was also selected as a member of the United States men’s Olympic basketball team. Later, he represented his country at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.
After leading the team win the back to back matches for two years (1992 and 1993), Bulls reached to their first three-peat. He then won 10 NBA All-Defensive Team nods with 8 other team members.
In 1992, Pippen became one of the original dream team to compete in the Olympics Barcelona, Spain. In the same year, he along with Jordan became the first players to win NBA championship and a gold medal winners in the Olympic.
In the season 1993-94, Pippen earned All-Star Game MVP honors and led the team win the game and became one the three straight All-NBA First Team. In the season 1996-97, he along with the team including Dennis Rodman won the team’s fourth title against Seattle SuperSonics and became the first person to win a gold medal in Olympics and an NBA championship twice in the year at the Atlanta Olympics.
In 1996-97 NBA season, Bulls opened with a 17-1 record and had a league-best record of 42-6 entering in the All-Star break. Pippen and Jordan became one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players in the 50th season of the league's celebration.
Head Coach, Phi Jackson of the Chicago Bulls was honored as on one of the 10 greatest coaches in NBA history. On the other hand, the 1992 Chicago Bulls Championship team and the 1996 Chicago Bulls Championship team were selected as one of the two of the greatest teams in the history of NBA among 10 other teams.
For his great effort in the season 1996-97, Pippen earned NBA All-Defensive FirstTeam and All-NBA Second Team honors. In the same year in 1996, he alongside fellow players Karl Malone, John Stockton, Charles Barkley, Grant Hill and Anfrenee ‘’Penny’’ Hardaway participated in the 1996 Olympic as a team.
In 1999, in the exchange of Stacey Augmon, Walt Williams, Carlos Rogers, Brian Shaw and Kelvin Cato, Pippen was traded by the Houston Rockets to the Portland Trail Blazers where he played the position as small forward.
In 2000-01 NBA season, Pippen played almost 64 games and later missed other 18 games due to his right arm injury. Playing several times with Portland Trail Blazer, he made his return to his old team Bulls in the season 2002-03 and eventually began to play by winning six championships.
On 5th October 2004, Pippen announced his retirement from the team and after a year Pippen gave his jersey number in a ceremony reuniting alongside Michael Jordan, Phil Jackson, Horace Grant and Dennis Rodman.
After the retirement, in 2007 Pippen announced his return to NBA to grab his 7th Championship ring. At the age of 42, he made his return with the team Sundsvall Dragons and won various matches.
In 2010, Pippen made his return to his team, Bulls as a team ambassador and played 2011 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game with his former dream team member, Chris Mullin. For the massive contribution in the team, Bulls, Pippen was awarded and honored with a bronze statue. In the same year, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Pippen has been married twice and had eight children altogether. He married Karen McCollum in 1988 after dating for some period of time. The pair has a child named, Antron Pippen (born 1997). The couple stayed in a relationship for two years and divorced in 1990.
Later, Pippen tied the knot with Larsa Younan on 20th July 1997. She is a fashionista and is a close friend of Kim Kardashian. His wife, Larsa was one of the contestants of The Real Housewives of Maimi along with Joanna Krupa, Adriana de Moura, Lisa Hochstein, Marysol Patton and others.
The couple shared four children together named, Scottie Pippen, Sophia Pippen, Justin Pippen and Preston Pippen. Being together for more than 18 years, the pair decided to split in October 2016. The reason for their separation was Larsa’s cheating on Scottie with rapper Future.
Pippen filed for divorce in October 2016. As per their divorce agreement, they shared their assets worth $120 million. Pippen decided to take over the custody of all his children. Moreover, the ex-couple remained good friends, even if they got separated.
As of 2017, the pair called off their engagement and were spotted at a family lunch in Beverly Hills and showing the world that they are trying to get back together. But yet the couple are not together.
Besides, Pippen had multiple affairs in his life. He has a daughter named Sierra Pippen with his former fiancée, Yvette De Leon. In the back 1990s, he was in a relationship with Sonya Roby with whom Pippen shared twin daughters, Tyler Roby Pippen and Taylor Pippen. Among them, Tyler died only after nine days of the birth.
Roby, later on, filed a paternity case against him but some doubt arises while evidence was collecting via DNA test.
However, Pippen accepted being the biological father of the both of the children and agreed to pay $15000 for the medical bills, $100k immediate and $2500 a month for the child’s support. In addition, Pippen became a father of his another daughter, Sierra Pippen from his ex-fiancé, Yvette De Leon.
As of 2007, Pippen sued Christian Laettner (retired American basketball player) in the case of investing and buying the Memphis Grizzlies which he won in 2010. It also seems that Laettner owes $600k to Pippen which he did not return. As a result, the judge gave the decision in the favor of Pippen with $2.5 million to be received but he has not yet received the amount.
In the late 1990s, Pippen was charged with the domestic battery including his ex-fiancé Deleone in Highland Park but he was not found not guilty. As of 2013, Pippen assaulted a common man, Cameron Shafighi at the Malibu restaurant Nobu later for which he was charged for $4 million by the LA Superior Court and the victim was taken to the hospital for the treatment.
The 52 years retired basketball player is 6 feet 8 inches (2.03m) tall. The secret behind his height is his parents who were also tall with the height of mother (6 feet) and father (6 feet 1 inch).
Pippen after playing numbers of games in his life collected an eye catching net worth of $50 million. In addition he also earned a good amount of salary in his life time like:
- 1987-88 = $723000 (Chicago Bulls)
- 1988-89 = $575k (Chicago Bulls)
- 1989-90 = $765k (Chicago Bulls)
- 1990-91 = $765k (Chicago Bulls)
- 1991-92 = $2,770k (Chicago Bulls)
- 1992-93 = $3,425k (Chicago Bulls)
- 1993-94 = $3,075k (Chicago Bulls)
- 1994-95 = $2,225k (Chicago Bulls)
- 1995-96 = $2,925k (Chicago Bulls)
- 1996-97 = $ $2,250k (Chicago Bulls)
- 1997-98 = $2,775k (Chicago Bulls)
- 1998-99 = $11 million (Houston Rockets)
- 1999-2000 = $14,795,642 (Portland Trail Blazers)
- 2000-01 = $13,750,000 (Portland Trail Blazers)
- 2001-02 = $18,083,564 (Portland Trail Blazers)
- 2002-03 = $19,727,524 (Portland Trail Blazers)
- 2003-04 = $4,917k (Chicago Bulls)
- 2004-05 = $5,408,700 (Chicago Bulls)
Besides, Pippen earned $67.2 million after singing a five year contract with Chicago Bulls in 1998-1999 season. In 2003, he also signed a two-year contract with the same team for $10 million. He again signed another five years contract with Houston Rockets with $67 million. Later in 2008, Pippen received $66k for making his appearance in few of the games.
As of now, Pippen is the ambassador of the team, Bulls from which he might be also collecting some decent amount. He also worked as a basketball analyst for ESPN and ABC plus is also working as a special assistant coach for Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers which are also his sources of income.
Apart from all these, Pippen owned property of $120 million which consists of his houses, cars, and jet. One of his house includes the mansion located in Fort Lauderdale which he bought for $1.34 million in 2000.
Pippen kept the house on sale in 2010 for $16 million and later degraded the price and was offered for $11.8 million. But as of now, he announced that his house is now no longer on sale as he gave the house on rent for $40k per month.
Pippen also owned a house in Portland, Oregan which he bought in 2000 for $4 million. He later sold it for $3.2 million, and now it was foreclosed and is on sale for $1.7 million.
Pippen has a great collection of the luxurious cars that includes Rolls-Royce Dawn worth $355k, Wrangler Rubicon worth almost $11k, Audi and many others. Moving on, he has also owned a private jet worth $4 million that looks amazing.
Pippen also faced some financial loss in his life due to some issues. One of his financial advisor, Robert Lunn who was recommended by his team was kept under the investigation for the case of bank fraud. He invested more than $20 million over him who later took $1.4 million from Pippen’s account by making a fake signature of him so that to pay his debts.
Including this and other many fraud cases, Pippen sentenced Lunn to the prison for more than three years. After that, his bad debts included $120 million which he invested in a haphazardly carelessly. He also lost his $3.5 million of investment in a South Side estate deal.
Moving on from all his losses, Pippen claimed $8 million amount from a company who misled him to invest in the random things. Apart from losses, he also spends much of his money in traveling in various expensive places with his family.
Scottie Pippen Affairs
First Affair with Sonya Roby
Scottie Pippen was in a relationship with Sonya Roby in the 1990s. The couple together also has two children but they broke up soon after dating for certain months.
Second Affair with Yvette De Leon
In the 1990s, Scottie Pippen again dated another lady, Yvette De Leon with whom he even got engaged. The couple later on separated after having a child.