The Chicago Bulls announced Thursday (March 17) that they will unveil a bronze bust of Bulls Ambassador and Hall of Famer, Scottie Pippen, during the halftime ceremony of an upcoming NBA game next month.
According to the Bulls.com, Bulls television play-by-play announcer Neil Funk will MC the ceremony, which will include a video tribute and remarks from Pippen. It goes down during the team’s game against against the Boston Celtics on April 7.
The bust for the retired NBA star will be permanently displayed inside the United Center on the 100-Level Concourse by Gate 7.
It was crafted by Omri and Julie Rotblatt-Amrany of Highland Park, Ill., who also sculpted the famous Michael Jordan statue, which was unveiled in January 1994 in conjunction with the retirement of Jordan’s #23 jersey.
“Words really can’t express my feelings,” Pippen said of the honor. “It’s an unbelievable honor and truly amazing. It’s something you dream of as a kid growing up, but you can never foresee those childhood fantasies becoming reality. You see statues of individuals who have done great things and made their mark on history, but as a basketball player, you never really think about arriving at this point. It’s an amazing honor for the Chicago Bulls to do this for me.”
Pippen was named the Bulls’ Ambassador last July, and was recently brought on as a member of the Comcast SportsNet’s broadcast team for every Bulls playoff telecast on the network this season.
“Not only is Scottie Pippen one of the greatest players to ever wear a Bulls uniform, but he’s among the best players in the history of the league to play the game,” said Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. “He had a tremendous impact in bringing six world championships to Chicago and there is no better way to pay tribute to him than with a permanent bust that honors his inspirational career.”
The NBA great was named as one of the Hall of Fame class of 2010, and was one of the players on the roster during six NBA championship teams with the Chicago Bulls. During his career, he was a three-time All-NBA first team honoree, and was voted to the NBA All-Defensive first team from 1992-99. He also won NBA All-Star MVP honors in 1994.
Pippen won two Olympic gold medals as a member of the 1992 USA Basketball “Dream Team” and returned to help lead the USA to gold at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.