Scottie Pippen to act in ‘Christmas Carol’
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
Scottie Pippen’s having a good fall. The Hall of Fame forward rejoined the Chicago Bulls recently as a special adviser. He played in President Obama’s Election Day pickup basketball game. Now he’s picking up acting for a good cause.
Pippen will join 7-year-old La’Ren Kimble on stage at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre in small roles for a Dec. 14 showing of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Kimble is part of Make-A-Wish Illinois and has a Wilm’s tumor, a cancer of the kidneys found most often in children. She loves acting and being in the limelight, The Make-A-Wish Foundation told the Associated Press, so she should be a perfect fit here.
If you’re in Chicago, tickets cost $69 to $84 at goodmantheatre.org.
We’re not, so here’s our take on how Pippen and some of his former Bulls teammates might fill the biggest roles in Dickens’ most famous work, just for fun:
Michael Jordan as Ebenezer Scrooge. Jordan was the star of the show, the one who carried the Bulls to six championships in the 1990s. Scrooge is the star of the show. Also, Jordan was cold and heartless on the court. Scrooge is cold and heartless. Well, at least — *SPOILER ALERT* — until the end.
Scottie Pippen as Bob Cratchit. Cratchit is Scrooge’s assistant and a good guy. He never gets enough credit. Pippen knows a thing or two about that role.
Phil Jackson as Jacob Marley. Marley is an old partner of Scrooge who haunts him and sends him three ghosts. So Marley basically runs the show. Jackson was Jordan’s coach, so he ran the show. And Jordan hasn’t won anything without Marley, just as Scrooge hasn’t been happy since Marley’s death.
Dennis Rodman as The Ghost of Christmas Past. The first ghost to show up wears chains. That’s such a Rodman move.
Toni Kukoc as The Ghost of Christmas Present: The second ghost is only around for a brief period and sometimes not depicted at all. Kukoc was a crucial scorer but came off the bench.
Horace Grant as The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come: The third ghost is depicted as the toughest and most brutal. … [For more on Scottie Pippen to act in 'Christmas Carol'; how would 1990s Bulls fill cast?, click here.]