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Bulls to retire Pippen's No. 33 on Friday

12/6/2005

CHICAGO -- Scottie Pippen knows that Friday night will be an
emotional one for him.

The Chicago Bulls will retire his number 33 at halftime of their
game against the Los Angeles Lakers, adding to a long list of
accolades.

"It's hard to put it in perspective right now," Pippen told
reporters before Monday's game between the Bulls and Dallas
Mavericks. "I'm starting to feel a little emotional about what's
going to happen Friday night. Getting your number put in the
rafters is always something that as a kid ... you dream of seeing
happen to you."

Pippen, who spent 12 of his 17 NBA seasons with the Bulls, has
an impressive list of accomplishments.

He and Michael Jordan led the Bulls to six NBA championships in
the 1990s. A seven-time All-Star, Pippen was chosen as one of the
NBA's 50 greatest players in 1996 and was on two teams that won
Olympic gold medals.

Pippen scored 18,940 points during a career that included stints
with the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers, and he ranks
fifth on the NBA's all-time steals list with 2,307.

He is the Bulls' leader in 3-pointers made (664) and attempted
(2,031), and is second in points (15,123), field goals (5,991),
field goal attempts (12,444), free throw attempts (3,576),
offensive rebounds (1,687), defensive rebounds (4,039), assists
(4,494), steals (1,792), seasons (12), games (856) and minutes
(30,269).

Pippen's number will join Jordan's 23, Bob Love's 10 and Jerry
Sloan's 4 in the rafters. The Bulls have also honored Phil Jackson
and Jerry Krause, the coach and general manager during the
championship years.

Jackson will be there Friday, coaching the Lakers. Jordan is
expected, too.

"It's going to be great," Pippen said. "A lot of the players
are coming. I wasn't here when they put [Jackson] up in the
rafters. But to have him here as my number goes up, it brings back
a lot of great memories."