[video] Pippen on Barkley

It’s 2:30AM right now, I haven’t written a post in over a month, and I have a meeting with my professor in about 9 hours to discuss my seminar paper discussing David Stern’s veto of the Chris Paul-Pau Gasol trade and potential tort liability.  So naturally, I’ve spent the last thirty minutes on Youtube spending as much time as I can on entirely unrelated tasks.

I don’t remember how I came across this, but I remember first watching it unfold, live.  I was 14 at the time.  My first thought at the time, right after Pippen’s comments, was that this must have meant that one of either Rasheed Wallace or Brian Grant were on their way to Houston.  Or, at the least, Jermaine O’Neal.  (This was during a more naive, innocent stage of my life, before repeated disappointments had led to the realization that Carrol Dawson was the most inept manager in professional basketball and couldn’t be expected to actually cash in on a bad situation.)

As you of course know, the Rockets did not receive any of those three present/future All-Star forwards, but instead, were gift-wrapped a package of freshly excreted manure, frontlined by one Kelvin Cato.

Note 1: One of the most remarkable aspects of the Harden trade and Harden’s brilliant play is the mere fact that it’s not a certainty for frontline acquisitions to pan out.  The Pippen signing serves as Exhibit A.

Note 2: I think the most irritating aspect of the post-”fat butt”, pre-trade period was the fact that the national media almost expected that Pippen would be dealt to L.A.  It was almost as if, “because he wants to go there, they’ll deal him there.”  This, of course, resulted in an unyielding exercise in apologist gymnastics seeking to convince all of us as to why Glen Rice would be the a perfect fit in the Houston offense.  (Recall that Phil Jackson had just joined the Lakers, thus the theory was that Pip was hoping to force his way to California.)

Pip, Francis, and Shandon Anderson on the wings would have been interesting, I think.  Well, more interesting than Walt Williams was, anyway.  Hmm.

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Total comments: 3
  • Rahat Huq says 1 YEAR ago

    I remember the season Scotty Pippen "played" for the Rockets. I have never been so disappointed in a player in my life. He finally got the huge contract he had whined about for years and basically retired on the job. I can't speak to Charles Barkley's dedication to preparation, but I can definitely tell you that Barkley played with great intensity that season and Pippen stood around and watched.

    Yep, he was terrible. The funny thing was, they brought him in for the playoffs and he was bad then too (save for that, I believe Game 3, explosion.) He tripped and fell over his own feet in Game 1 and got abused by a young Kobe Bryant all series.

  • dennisbz24 says 1 YEAR ago I remember the season Scotty Pippen "played" for the Rockets. I have never been so disappointed in a player in my life. He finally got the huge contract he had whined about for years and basically retired on the job. I can't speak to Charles Barkley's dedication to preparation, but I can definitely tell you that Barkley played with great intensity that season and Pippen stood around and watched.
  • rockets best fan says 1 YEAR ago

    one thing I can truly say isI didn't realize how classless pippen was until this statement by him. I remember when it happened I was floored and stop being a pippen fan from that moment on. I never realized howgood Jordan really was until pippen came here. when I got a close up look at his game disappointment would have been and understatement. this was amove the rockets made that prove to me the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. I still don't like pippen to this day. he is an arrogantbutt hole.