Scottie Pippen, who was one of the best players in the NBA having played alongside the great "Air" Michael Jordan for "Chicago Bulls", will be coming to Mongolia. This former NBA star of the previous generation has been invited to Mongolia in the frames of the "Dream Team" program
, under the initiation of the Prime Minister of Mongolia, S.Batbold.
The “Mongolian Dream Team” basketball program will run among secondary school students across Mongolia in three age categories, where the best of the best team will go to the United States to watch an NBA game. The project is funded and organized by the Government of Mongolia. This “Dream Team” project will run in four stages, where Scottie Pippen will come to the closing ceremony for a couple of days in April 2012. Currently, his visiting schedule to Mongolia has not been officially released yet.
Previously, the center for “Orlando Magic” team Dwight Howard
participated in the opening of the “Dream Team” program in September, 2011.
Scottie Pippen, who played alongside the legendary Michael Jordan for the “Chicago Bulls” team, has won 6 NBA Championships, seven-time NBA All Star, where the best basketball players compete, and has won the MVP (Most Valuable Player) award from the All Star Game in 1994. In his total career in the NBA of 17 seasons, he played 12 seasons for “Chicago Bulls” as well as accounting for “Houston Rockets” and “Portland Trailblazers”. Scottie Pippen was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on August 13, 2010.
Scottie Pippen was born on September 25, 1965 in Hamburg, Arkansas, and attended college at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. At the start of his college career, the then 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Pippen was a walk-on for the now-former NAIA school and depended on his stipend for being the team manager and his summer job as a welder to fund his education. He eventually reached 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m). Pippen's 23.6 points per game average and near 60% field goal shooting earned the Central Arkansas senior Consensus NAIA all-American honors in 1987.
In 1991, Pippen emerged as the Bulls' primary defensive stopper and a versatile scoring threat in Phil Jackson's "Triangle offense". He helped lead the Bulls to their first three NBA championships (1991, 1992 and 1993).
Pippen earned 10 NBA All-Defensive Team nods, including eight on the first team. In 1992, he was named part of the original Dream Team which competed in the Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. With the U.S. winning the Gold medal, Pippen and Michael Jordan would become the first players to win both an NBA championship and an Olympic Gold medal in the same year.