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Old 09-21-2007, 04:02 AM   #1
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HELSINKI (Reuters) - Former Chicago Bulls player Scottie Pippen is close to signing a two match deal with Finland's Torpan Pojat (ToPo), the team said on Thursday.

The plan is that Pippen, a six-time NBA champion and now 41 years old, would play in ToPo in December or January.

"We are discussing details now, such as when and in which matches he will play," ToPo's general manager Aleksi Valavuori said.

"He would be the best player ever to have played in Europe."

He declined to reveal how much Pippen would be paid for the two matches, but said it was not a six-figure amount in euros.

Dennis Rodman, another former Chicago Bulls player, played one game for ToPo in 2005.

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Why would he do that? If he wants to prove he can still play he isn't going to do that in Finland.
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Old 09-21-2007, 04:23 AM   #2
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Maybe he wants to .. I dunno, like, maybe, you know, just perhaps ... play? Or is catering to fans that are worried about tarnishing his legacy more important?
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Old 09-21-2007, 04:26 AM   #3
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Scottie needs to just give it a rest. He's got grey hair for God's sake.

Scottie, you were great, do something else like coaching or something.
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Old 09-21-2007, 04:28 AM   #4
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Yes, by all means don't play the game you love and have played competitively for the better part of your life. Just play Live 08 or something lol
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Old 09-21-2007, 04:31 AM   #5
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Yes, by all means don't play the game you love and have played competitively for the better part of your life. Just play Live 08 or something lol

But if he just wants to play some no strings attached ball he can do that in the States. He doesn't have to go all the way to Finland to play 2 games.

Maybe he sees this as a vacation. In that case, more power to him. But he isn't going to find anything there or something.
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Old 09-21-2007, 09:49 AM   #6
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If he does end up playing there....I hope that **** ends up on Youtube. I know he won't be awesome...but it still be interesting to see.
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Old 09-21-2007, 09:52 AM   #7
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I guess he needs money for Christmas presents this year.
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Old 09-21-2007, 09:57 AM   #8
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He wants to play because maybe he loves to play. Just because his body is old doesn't mean the spirit isn't still there. I'll still play when I get old, just not as hard. That's what he is doing.
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Old 09-21-2007, 12:45 PM   #10
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I really doubt Scottie Pippen has financial problems.
Former professional athletes often get bankrupt unless you're just smart like Magic, Shaq, and Jordan. But, yeah, I doubt Scottie's bankrupt also.
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Old 09-21-2007, 12:49 PM   #11
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He wants to play because maybe he loves to play. Just because his body is old doesn't mean the spirit isn't still there. I'll still play when I get old, just not as hard. That's what he is doing.
That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard. When I'm 80 in a wheelchair, I'll still have the spirit to play. Doesn't mean I'm gonna be an idiot and go play in a pro league somewhere.
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Old 09-21-2007, 01:38 PM   #12
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That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard. When I'm 80 in a wheelchair, I'll still have the spirit to play. Doesn't mean I'm gonna be an idiot and go play in a pro league somewhere.
That is the dumbest thing I have heard in a long time. We play because we love the game, same goes for former pros. Don't play for money, play to expand global awareness of basketball, inspire those around you, for those not in the states, how much would it mean to have Pippen in your league?
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Old 09-21-2007, 02:02 PM   #13
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That is the dumbest thing I have heard in a long time. We play because we love the game, same goes for former pros. Don't play for money, play to expand global awareness of basketball, inspire those around you, for those not in the states, how much would it mean to have Pippen in your league?
The point is a person's body getting old is a good enough reason NOT to play a contact sport. He can coach, start basketball camps, and make various speeches at basketball events. There's plenty he can do. Playing professionally overseas is not the only answer. Pippen is putting his health at risk. He could barely play a few garbage minutes in his final years of his career with Chicago (the second stint). An idiot is what you are. Pippen is not doing this for global awareness. He tried to get back into the league. He had workouts with various teams. If he chose to play in Finland, it's because he couldn't get a roster spot.
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Old 09-21-2007, 02:34 PM   #14
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I think you are overlooking the aspect of Pippen loving to 'play.' Pippen loves to play basketball, not coach it. I plan on playing into my 40s for fun, and I know several who do. Why should it be any different for pros?
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Old 09-21-2007, 06:43 PM   #15
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Michael Finley should go play in Finland. haha
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