Pippen, Malone Get Naismith Hall of Fame Nod

Scottie Pippen and Karl Malone, rivals in their playing days, are set to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame together. Pippen, who with Michael Jordan built the Chicago Bulls dynasty in the 1990s, said his selection for the Hall of Fame class of 2010 is a very special moment for him. “This is something that I never dreamed would happen to me as a player,” he said.

Malone, who retired in 2004 as the NBA player with the second-most points in history, will join his longtime Utah Jazz teammate John Stockton in the Hall of Fame. Stockton, along with Jordan, was inducted into the Hall last year.

Joining Pippen and Malone in this year’s class are Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss, WNBA star Cynthia Cooper, and the Olympic gold-medal-winning U.S. teams of 1960 and 1992. Former Boston Celtics point guard Dennis Johnson will be posthumously recognized.

The class of 2010 will be inducted on August 13.