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Scottie Pippin Planning NBA Comeback

Scottie Pippin is tired of being retired.

Scottie Pippen is tired of retirement. He wants to return to the NBA for a chance to win his seventh championship ring.

With most of the league’s stars and decision-makers gathering at the All-Star weekend festivities in Las Vegas, the 41-year-old Pippen announced he’s hoping for a late-season return to a contending team — preferably in a warm-weather city — nearly 2 1/2 years after he left the league.

“I know that I have the skills,” Pippen said. “I think it’s sort of been on my mind the last couple of months. It’s just about me going out and polishing my skills.”

The forward hasn’t played since his retirement on Oct. 5, 2004, following a 17-season career with Chicago, Houston and Portland. He won six titles in his famed role as Michael Jordan’s wingman with the Bulls, and was part of two gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic teams.

It’s a shame these guys can’t stay retired. He’ll certainly never be able to live up to his former greatness. Still, it’s easy to understand why it happens. Going from being a household name pulling in millions a year to a semi-ordinary life has to be one huge letdown.

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