Dream Team Joins Hall Of Fame

Scottie Pippen and Karl Malone are joining the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as individual NBA players on Friday. They also were part of the legendary Basketball Team U.S.A. of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, also more popularly known as the Dream Team. This once in a lifetime team was composed of Naismith Basketball Hall of Famers like Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Scottie Pippen, John Stockton, Charles Barkley, David Robinson, Karl Malone, Patrick Ewing, Clyde Drexler and Chris Mullin.

On Friday night, these individuals reunite as a team to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

This Dream Team was the first ever basketball squad assembled composed of NBA players plus then collegiate standout Christian Laettner. The team was created to seek redemption after the loss of university players in the 1988 Olympics.

What made the Dream Team special was it was composed of legitimate NBA superstars. In fact opposing players watched them in awe as they displayed far superior basketball skills at the Olympics, winning by an average margin of more than 43 points.

The Dream Team reunites on Friday with their assistant coaches. Their head coach Chuck Daly died away last year.

Michael Jordan Presents Scottie Pippen To Hall Of Fame

It is so fitting to have Michael Jordan present Scottie Pippen, his former teammate and fellow NBA champion with the Chicago Bulls, to the Professional Basketball Hall of Fame. Jordan and Pippen were the acknowledged Batman and Robin tandem of the Bulls that dominated the 1990s winning six NBA titles.

Pippen throughout his playing career with Jordan and the Chicago Bulls was often overlooked with Jordan being at the forefront. Statistically, his career scoring average of 16 points may be just about half of Jordan’s 30 points per game but they pretty much have identical averages in other areas. Jordan has career averages of 6.2 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.3 steals while Pippen has 6.4 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 2 steals per game.

Jordan was considered the best player who played basketball while Pippen was a coaches’ dream with his excellent defense and all-around play. Pippen was known to be the toughest perimeter defender, being an 8-time All-Defensive Team member.

Jordan and Pippen won six titles together but they never won a title without the other.

As Pippen decided who should introduce him to the Hall of Fame, it was the easiest decision for him as he chose his Batman.