50 All-Time Favorite Scottie Pippen Quotes

Which are your favorite Scottie Pippen quotes?

Scottie Pippen is an American former professional basketball player. Throughout his career, he played 17 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA), winning six NBA championships with the ‘Chicago Bulls’.

Pippen was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History during the 1996–97 season. He played an important role in popularizing the NBA around the world during the 1990s. 

We’ve put together this collection of the best Scottie Pippen quotes:


50 All-Time Favorite Scottie Pippen Quotes

1. “I don’t really have any regrets.” – Scottie Pippen

2. “I spend a lot of time at home with my kids.” – Scottie Pippen

3. “If I had an opportunity to hand-pick a team that I wanted to play in the NBA Finals, it would probably be the Lakers.” – Scottie Pippen

4. “I’ve come a long way from my first commercials.” – Scottie Pippen

5. “I never wanted to be Michael Jordan, although I would like to trade bank accounts.” – Scottie Pippen

6. “Defense was one thing I was really able to work at and get better.” – Scottie Pippen

7. “I was LeBron James before LeBron James.” – Scottie Pippen

8. “It’s definitely tough to get up and walk away from something you have been a part of for so long. But it’s part of life.” – Scottie Pippen

9. “Yes, I think the ’96 Bulls are the greatest of all time. I think the 72-10 record speaks for itself and the fact that we were able to cap it off with a championship. What it boils down to is we had a dominant style, a dominant defense, and we were a very good offensive team. It was the way we dominated our opponents that separated ourselves.” – Scottie Pippen


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10. “You’ve got to have a commitment to your craft.” – Scottie Pippen


11. “I had watched Magic my whole career, even before my career, and so I knew the style of player that he was, and I knew what I had to do to prohibit him from being as effective on the basketball court as he had been throughout his career.” – Scottie Pippen

12. “I wasn’t really that interested in playing. I had gone through some hard times not playing in high school, but my coach had it in his mind that basketball was the way I would get an education.” – Scottie Pippen

13. “I think I learned a lot from a lot of experiences that I dealt with over my career.” – Scottie Pippen

14. “Fans are demanding. They want to win. They want it now. If you have an injury, they want you back the next day.” – Scottie Pippen

15. “He lifted weights, he rode the bike; he kept himself going before and after games, as well as practices. He always kept himself in top shape and was very determined. You put a relentless Dennis Rodman out on the basketball court, and you better have someone there to match his energy. If you don’t, it’s going to be a long night.” – Scottie Pippen

16. “When I look at my career, I was really about defending.” – Scottie Pippen

17. “Everything was a lesson learned and a step forward for me.” – Scottie Pippen

18. “You look back at the ’95 season, and a lot of those guys were getting mega minutes. Michael Jordan was out playing baseball. We were still winning, won 55 games I think, so those guys were all very content and happy with the way that things were going that year.” – Scottie Pippen

19. “In the playoffs, it’s win or go home. You might not have a chance to look back at a game and say, ‘Man, we didn’t box out here.” – Scottie Pippen


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20. “I may go so far as saying LeBron James may be the greatest player to ever play the game. Because he is so potent offensively that not only can he score at will, but he keeps everybody involved.” – Scottie Pippen


21. “Basketball is a lifelong game. You continue to learn from the game day in and day out, and all along the way, you get better.” – Scottie Pippen

22. “It’s not always about getting better on the basketball court. This game teaches you how to become a better person as well. It pushes you into the team concept.” – Scottie Pippen

23. “My mentality when guarding a point guard was always to try and disrupt him and take them out of the offense.” – Scottie Pippen

24. “I was a guy that had a lot of tools and could do a lot of other things, but my main thing was controlling the defensive end of the court.” – Scottie Pippen

25. “I went through ups and downs as a young player dealing with criticism and things of that nature. To finally win that first NBA championship, it was definitely a relief of a lot of pressure and frustration we dealt with as a team. It was great to bring a championship to the city of Chicago.” – Scottie Pippen

26. “I’d probably say the championships mean more to me, but the gold medal makes you a bit different. It’s a special award.” – Scottie Pippen

27. “When I was four or five, I had an older brother who got paralyzed from the neck down in junior high school. Some kid did a wrestling fall on him and hit his spine. We had to take care of him. I went from being the baby to not really being the baby anymore.” – Scottie Pippen

28. “When I got the call to guard Magic, I knew that I could cause him a lot of problems.” – Scottie Pippen

29. “It had been a long journey for me just to get drafted. I had to work very hard as a collegiate player just to get recognized, being at a small school.” – Scottie Pippen


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30. “When you get some easy baskets, the basket definitely looks like it’s much larger.” – Scottie Pippen


31. “The respect I had to give my brothers and sisters growing up I think has helped me. I want my kids to be raised the same way.” – Scottie Pippen

32. “I have been able to live my dream of playing basketball surrounded by people I love and being cheered on by the best fans in the world.” – Scottie Pippen

33. “You continue to compete against the very best every day, and you will get better, or you’ll be embarrassed.” – Scottie Pippen

34. “As I look back, I have to say growing up was fun, not a problem at all.” – Scottie Pippen

35. “Your job, what you do every day, I think it takes a high priority over anything. That was something I dedicated myself to throughout my career.” – Scottie Pippen

36. “Basketball is such an escape from a lot of things.” – Scottie Pippen

37. “What is most remarkable to me about Durant’s game is what he does given his size. It’s so unique to have a player who is 6-foot-9 with the ability to shoot and handle the ball so well. It allows him to stretch the opposing team’s defense because he can do those things at such a high level. He’s a load to deal with and an extremely tough matchup.” – Scottie Pippen

38. “I’ll miss the competitive side and the camaraderie of being around the players and competing each and every day.” – Scottie Pippen

39. “As a young player, achieving All-Star status isn’t as easy as you might think.” – Scottie Pippen


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40. “I went to a small school, so I had to be a jack of all trades and master a few.” – Scottie Pippen


41. “I take a lot of pride in my first ’92 gold medal.” – Scottie Pippen

42. “It was truly an enjoyable moment in my life that I will never forget having the opportunity to play for two gold medals. But I think nothing sticks out more than winning a championship in 1991 for me.” – Scottie Pippen

43. “There’s nothing like the camaraderie of being around the other players.” – Scottie Pippen

44. “Most of basketball is in the mind. But it helps to have big hands.” – Scottie Pippen

45. “I’m a guy who is easy to get along with, and I’ll put up with a lot of things. But not dishonesty.” – Scottie Pippen

46. “I’m no slouch, but when comparing LeBron’s game, I’m usually left out.” – Scottie Pippen

47. “Playing with Michael Jordan would be a great opportunity for me. I would have someone around I could learn a lot from. I look up to him as a player and as a person, and that would make me a better player and person.” – Scottie Pippen

48. “Everyone in my family was pretty tall, so we always thought I would get bigger.” – Scottie Pippen

49. “Coaching jobs are far and few between; you try and get into the right situation and take advantage of it from there.” – Scottie Pippen

50. “It’s an honor to have kids. It’s a responsibility.” – Scottie Pippen



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