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All Quotes by author - Scottie Pippen
" As a player, NBA All-Star Weekend contains a lot of joy and a lot of excitement. Even with all the hype built into the game, it's really a special honor to be selected among many great players. "
" As a player that has played this game, I know, at the end of the day I've had numerous amount of surgeries, and the doctors released me at numerous amount of times to go and play. But a lot of those times didn't mean go and play against the best in the world right now, but to get yourself ready to compete again. "
" As a player, you experience so many different moments, but you never truly sit back and reflect on them. You enjoy them, but with the championships, we were so busy celebrating with everyone that we didn't really realize what we had accomplished as individuals and as a team. "
" As a young player, achieving All-Star status isn't as easy as you might think. "
" As a young player, I always thought I was doing everything I could. But the longer you play, the more you learn, and the better you're prepared for what this game throws at you. "
" As I look back, I have to say growing up was fun, not a problem at all. "
" At the point when I lost my father, it really made me want to be like a father and be like my father. It was a real turning point for me because it helped me mature - it made me think about being responsible because I wasn't the only one I had to think about. "
" 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. "
" Basketball is such an escape from a lot of things. "
" Being in the Hall of Fame is where any player wants to be at the end of his career. It's somewhat of a last step for a player in terms of their career, and it's a place where you'll always be remembered for what you accomplished. "
" Being the youngest of twelve kids and having your underwear handed down teaches you how to share. "
" Chemistry is a very important element for any team that wants to be serious about winning. "
" Chicago's where I started my career. I've had a lot of success playing here. "
" Coach Dyer was a great mentor for me and a great teacher. "
" Coaching jobs are far and few between; you try and get into the right situation and take advantage of it from there. "
" College was a very necessary step along the way to my professional career. As I look back, I realize how much of an eye opener it was for me in terms of moving forward and developing as a basketball player. "
" Defense is something I take a lot of pride in. "
" Defense was one thing I was really able to work at and get better. "
" Defensive awards and accolades aside, to have your jersey retired puts you in a position where you'll be known forever. "
" Don't disrespect me, lie about it, and then come smile in my face and act like nothing's wrong. "
" Each season was different and presented its own set of circumstances and challenges. "
" Everyone in my family was pretty tall, so we always thought I would get bigger. "
" Everyone likes to strike while the iron is hot. That's a philosophy I've always liked. "
" Every team deals with obstacles throughout the course of the season, and it's as a unit that they need to be worked through. Injuries are part of the game, just like facing tough teams on the road or having one of your best players get into foul trouble. "
" Everything was a lesson learned and a step forward for me. "
" Fans are demanding. They want to win. They want it now. If you have an injury, they want you back the next day. "
" Fatherhood is great. "
" For me, getting your number retired is the greatest accomplishment. There is no accolade with more significance that you can receive from an organization or school. Whether it was my four years at Central Arkansas or all my seasons with the Bulls in Chicago, it's a sign of respect for what I have done. "
" 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. "
" I always dreamed of playing the NBA, but along the way, the road got a little cloudy. "
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