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Out of the Shadow
Leigh Montville
February 24, 1992
After years of being eclipsed by his teammate Michael Jordan, the Chicago Bulls' Scottie Pippen has stepped into the limelight
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February 24, 1992

Out Of The Shadow

After years of being eclipsed by his teammate Michael Jordan, the Chicago Bulls' Scottie Pippen has stepped into the limelight

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"One day you're hanging around with Bugs Bunny. The next day, Scottie Pippen."

The joke is a reference to a new Jordan commercial for shoes. The entire English-speaking world must have seen it by now. Jordan and the cartoon rabbit play basketball against a bunch of louts. Bugs zips all over the place, dropping an anvil off the basket, pulling the shorts of one lout, cajoling the rest of the louts to run into each other. Pippen doesn't hear the joke.

"What'd he say?" Pippen asks.

"He said one day I'm hanging around with Bugs Bunny," Jordan says, "the next day I'm hanging around with you."

Pippen smiles. Bugs Bunny? Bugs Bunny. He thinks about life with the man with the shaved head. (Who'd you expect? Elmer Fudd?) The louts of the basketball world await. Tonight they are dressed in the uniform of the Dallas Mavericks. The festivities are about to begin.

The fringe of the madness? Well, Doc, the life ain't so bad.

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