After previously serving as a team ambassador for the Chicago Bulls, Scottie Pippen has been promoted to the role of Senior Advisor.
Acquired for Olden Polynice in a draft night trade with the Seattle Supersonics, Pippen played 12 years with the Bulls during his illustrious, Hall of Fame career. Now, at the age of 47, he's in a position that allows him to work side-by-side with team president and COO Michael Reinsdorf.
In a statement released Wednesday (via NBA.com), Reinsdorf lauded Pippen for his relationship with the players, citing how he "understands what they think about as they move through their playing careers."
During his playing days, Pippen endeared himself to Chicago with his grit, toughness and tenacity––especially on defense. Off the court, however, the Bulls see his gregariousness and charitable spirit as major assets. Per Reinsdorf's statement:
"His generous personality and sense of humor helps him connect with our partners, fans, and front office, and that's evident through his work with our Corporate Sales and Branding departments, as well as Chicago Bulls Charities. We're so fortunate to have Scottie and his wife, Larsa, as part of the Bulls family."
The seven-time All-Star won six NBA Titles and two gold medals during his 17-year career. He also made eight appearances on the All-NBA Defensive Team and three on the All-NBA First Team. He was a vital member of 1992's "Dream Team," was named to 1997's 50th Anniversary Team, and in 2010, he was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Having only been officially retired since 2008, when he played in the Swedish League, this marks the most significant step in Pippen's post-basketball career. He will be granted access and influence that he was not afforded as an ambassador. This position is his first real foray into the world of an NBA front office.
Whether or not he'll have more success than partner-in-crime Michael Jordan remains to be seen.