Behind The Scenes Of The Life Of Scottie Pippen

Athletes | 4/28/20

One of the cogs that made the Chicago Bulls dynasty click in the ’90s was Scottie Pippen. Traded to the Bulls from the Seattle SuperSonics when he was drafted, Pippen blossomed into one of the NBA’s most elite players. Prior to entering the NBA, though, life wasn’t so good for him. This rough upbringing led Pippen to put family before money during his NBA career, an aspect of his life that was highlighted in the docuseries The Last Dance on ESPN in 2020. Read on to learn all about the “Swiss Army Knife” of the NBA!

Scottie Was The Youngest Of 12 Children

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Born in Arkansas in 1965, Scottie Pippen was the youngest of Ethel and Preston Pippen’s 12 children. He was also the tallest, standing 6’8″ fully grown. With his mother standing six feet tall and his father being 6’1″ Scottie was not an outlier in his family.

Tragically, Preston Pippen suffered a stroke that left him paralyzed, forcing him to retire early from his job at the paper mill. He passed away in 1990.