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Humble, emotional Pippen accepts Hall honors

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Even though Michael Jordan was standing behind Scottie Pippen's left shoulder, it was immediately obvious that Jordan had no input in the writing of Pippen's speech as he accepted enshrinement into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Unlike Jordan's aggressive speech from a year ago, an emotional Pippen was humble and spent much of his eight-minute speech thanking everyone from his family to his teammates to his coaches to Nike -- that's right, his shoe company -- for helping him achieve the honor.

Not surprisingly, Jordan, who was onstage as Pippen's presenter, received the most praise.

"It was so valuable to me as a player to see someone who had the same desire, determination, passion and love for the game," Pippen said. "Who knew that No. 23 would be here 23 years later presenting me to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

"MJ, you have touched so many people's lives but none like mine. Thank you for being the best teammate. I will always cherish that experience and I will cherish our relationship forever."

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