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NBA Star Pippen Announces Retirement  - 2004-10-05

National Basketball Association star Scottie Pippen has announced his retirement from the game, leaving the Chicago Bulls team he helped lead to six NBA titles.

The 39-year-old Pippen said leaving the NBA was a difficult decision for him because basketball has been such a great part of his life. Pippen was voted one of the NBA's 50 greatest players. He was known for his all-around play, as well as for his defense against some of the top players in the NBA.

Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said that Pippen made innumerable contributions to the team, including help lead it to six NBA titles. Pippen was also voted to the All Star team seven times and won two Olympic gold medals with the United States in 1992 and 1996.