The game never changed Pippen

Scottie Pippen's career statistics would compare favorably with today's stars at small forward.

Updated: October 4, 2004, 5:10 PM ET
By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
Scottie Pippen was here.

And now that word around the league is that the 6-foot-8 small forward from Central Arkansas is on the verge of announcing his retirement after 17 seasons in the NBA that has resulted in six titles, seven All-NBA selections, seven All-Star Games and seven All-Defensive first-team nods, does it really matter that he spent most of that time alongside arguably the greatest player to ever play the game?

As a Chicago Bull, Pippen played both with and without Michael Jordan. As a small forward, he began his career with a Boston Celtic as the best player at that position. His name was Larry Bird. As he ends his tenure at the position, another Boston Celtic is peaking at small forward. His name is Paul Pierce. In between, he played with and against the likes of Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, Karl Malone and Hakeem Olajuwon as a Bull, Rocket, Blazer and original Dream Teamer.