24 February 2007

Show Me The...10-Day Contract?

The NBA trade deadline came and passed with a whimper this week, with Bill Simmons perfectly describing everyone as belonging to the "No Balls League." In a slow week, the biggest news was that after three years of retirement, Scottie Pippen wants to make a comeback. Why would a player want to do something like this? Usually it's that they can't handle retirement, miss the limelight, and feel they have something left to prove. Usually. In the case of Pippen, it seems like he may have a different sort of motivation.

It seems as if Scottie Pippen is in need of some money. Big time. The Chicago Sun-Times gets to the nitty-gritty for us:

It was reported Thursday that the Missouri Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling from last year in St. Louis County in which a judge agreed that Pippen owed U.S. Bank about $5.021 million in principal, interest and attorney fees from a dispute over a private jet and company Pippen once owned.


Pippen said the charter-plane issue is one of many poor business decisions that were made primarily by a former agent, whom he blames for causing him to lose about $27 million in bad investments and questionable accounting. Pippen sued his former law firm in 2005, claiming he had been swindled, but he lost the case.

The Big Lead commented on this yesterday, and it really made me wonder. How could this guy POSSIBLY be in need of money? Basketball-Reference.com lists Pippen's career salary at roughly $109 million. How could anyone have gone through that? It really makes you question Scottie's judgment, doesn't it?

As delusional as Pippen was to have lost all that money, he's just as delusional to think that he's got anything left in the tank to actually help a team out. At this point he says he's willing to do a 10-day contract. Note to Scottie: Hall of Fame players DON'T do 10-day contracts. If bit actors can get big cash for giving talks and showing up places, so can you. Don't embarass yourself in front of the entire world.

Pippen is obviously in a world of his own, and I'll leave you with his own words:
"I think people love me just as much as they love Michael," Pippen said. "The fans who understand the game, the GMs and coaches. I think they'd rather have a Scottie than a Michael. Because I'm an all-around player. Coaches would rather have a Scottie-type player than a Michael. I was an all-around player. I made people around me better."

Maybe Scottie should hang out with the guy pictured at the top...