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Scottie Pippen looks to lead the Bulls

Dec. 31, 2007 at 4:10 PM   |   Comments

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CHICAGO, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen says he wants to be the team's new coach.

"What's my disadvantage?" Pippen asked. "No NBA coaching experience? (Scott) Skiles's record with the Bulls wasn't that great. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to do what you've done your whole life. I've played basketball, run teams and won."

Jim Boylan is now the team's interim coach. Boylan took over after Skiles was fired Christmas Eve. Skiles' record with the team was 165-172.

Pippen, who resides in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., said he is the perfect man for the job, the Chicago Tribune reported.

"They didn't put me at point guard because I could dribble good. They put me there because I could run a team. I wasn't the best dribbler, the best shooter. I wasn't a point guard. But I knew how to run a team," PIppen said.

PIppen, whose NBA career included 11 seasons with the Bulls, said he doesn't see his lack of coaching experience as a problem.

"What experience do you need? You have assistants who have been there. If I made a mistake, I wouldn't be the first coach to make a mistake. I'd love the opportunity to be part of the organization now that Skiles is gone."

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