Happy #MotivationalMonday (05/11/20) #Jordan Part 3
We are continuing our theme on Jordan and “The Last Dance,” a documentary about Michael Jordan and the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls championship run. A lot of people consider Jordan to be the best ever to play the game. He is quick to say if it wasn’t for his brother, Larry, and Pippen, he would not have achieved that champion superstar status.
Scottie Pippen’s story is an incredible one that I was not aware of until watching this documentary. For him to rise with Jordan and become a six-time champion, despite overcoming major obstacles is something that needs to be shared.
Pippen grew up with 11 siblings. His father who suffered a stroke, and brother who was injured at a young age, were both placed in a wheelchair before Pippen was a teenager. They were very poor and life was difficult for him. Basketball became his escape; however, he was not very big and his skills were very undeveloped by the end of his high school career. Pippen was not given a scholarship, instead he was the basketball team manager at University of Central Arkansas, a small NAIA school. When a few members of the team quit, it opened the door for him to play. With hard work and a late growth spurt, Pippen started to attract NBA scouts with in a couple of years. How many people in their freshman year of college go from an equipment manager to a NBA Hall of Famer? And beyond that, an incredibly valued and respected teammate of Michael Jordan.
Who in your life do you value as a teammate?
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