Unknown detail of Scottie Pippen’s time with Houston Rockets…


scottie-pippen-houstonAfter the Chicago Bulls won their sixth NBA title in 1997-98, Scottie Pippen moved on, and landed in Houston, joining the team of Hakeem Olajuwon and Charles Barkley. The highly anticipated arrival did not, however, bring the 3rd championship title to Houston.

Pippen appeared in 50 games for Houston that season, averaging 14.2 ppg, 6.5 apg and 5.2 rpg in 40.2 mpg. The next season he was traded to the Portland TrailBlazers for Stacey Augmon, Kelvin Cato, Ed Gray, Carlos Rogers, Brian Shaw and Walt Williams.

Former Houston Rocket, Eddie Johnson, who played there for three seasons, and his last one with Pippen, recalled an interesting story regarding former Bull’s contract.

“NBA players are very knowledgeable when it comes to other players’ contracts, we all are. Wherever you work, you probably know what your co-worker is making. That’s the only way for you to build yourself up to that number. And the NBA players are also very innovative and smart, figuring out how they’re going to get to that level as well,” Johnson said, USA Today reported.

Johnson went on to add that NBA players are also very innovative and smart, figuring out how they’re going to get to that level as well.

“That competition sometimes goes off the court, which is negative, and that’s why you have to have a great coach and a great GM to be able to keep it together. But players are aware of that, and it can create a problem,” Johnson said.

He then brought up an example, with his former Houston Rockets teammate, Scottie Pippen. He recalled that when Pippen came to the Rockets, the team had to change a lot of the other players’ contracts.

“I remember Scottie was sitting there one day, looking at his check, shaking his head. We were all wondering why he was shaking his head, and it almost moved him to tears. And he said – this is the biggest check I ever had in my life,” Johnson said.

“I really didn’t want to know the number, but I pretty much had an idea – it had to be about $600,000 every two weeks. Well, Scottie got 6 NBA titles at that point, to get to that opportunity and he did,” Johnson recalled.

Johnson, who won the 6th Man of the Year award in 1988-98, played for Kansas City Kings (Sacramento Kings), Phoenix Suns, Seattle Supersonics, Charlotte Hornets, Indiana Pacers and Houston Rockets during his NBA career.

He played a total of 1199 NBA games (started 479), scoring over 19,000 points and nearly 5000 rebounds. Johnson averaged double figures in 12 of his 17 seasons, reaching carer high 22.9 ppg in 1984-85. Johnson holds career averages of 16 ppg, 4 rpg in 27.2 mpg.

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