On Nov. 8 (IST), the Hall of Fame career of Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen began.
Drafted with the No. 5 overall pick in the 1987 draft, Pippen would come off the bench for the Bulls in their 104-94 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Seeing 23 minutes of court time, Pippen finished with 10 points, four assists and two steals on 4-for-7 shooting from the floor.
Michael Jordan would lead all scorers with 36 points on the night, while for Philadelphia, Charles Barkley poured in 34 points and reeled in 10 rebounds.
Pippen would come off the bench in all 79 of his regular season appearances for Chicago during the 1988 season, averaging 7.9 points, before starting in six of his 10 playoff games. From coming off the bench in his first season in the league, Pippen would ultimately become a six-time Champion while being named to All-Defensive teams 10 times and All-NBA squads seven times during his Hall of Fame career.
Also making his debut on that night was four-time NBA champion Horace Grant. Taken five spots after Pippen in the draft, Grant played 13 minutes and scored three points.
The NBA world was rocked on this day in 1991 as Earvin "Magic" Johnson retired after revealing he had tested positive for HIV. A five-time Champion, Johnson retired as the all-time assist leader with 9,921.
Magic would return for the 1995-96 season but would only appear in 32 games.
Johnson is a Hall of Fame member and three-time MVP, finishing his career with averages of 19.5 points, 11.2 assists and 7.2 rebounds across 13 seasons with the Lakers franchise.
Months after his HIV announcement, Magic Johnson comes out of retirement, goes 1-on-1 against Isiah Thomas and wins All-Star MVP. #BestOfLakersPistons pic.twitter.com/vi2tNAlCVx- Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 22, 2020
Other notable events on Nov. 7
2008 - Jerry Sloan becomes the first coach in NBA history to record 1,000 wins with on team as Utah defeat Oklahoma City
1992 - Isiah Thomas becomes third guard to surpass 8,000 career assists, joining Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson
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