Eastbay Memory Lane // Play Like Pippen – Nike Air Pippen II

Eastbay Memory Lane // Play Like Pippen – Nike Air Pippen II

words // Brandon Richard

Yesterday, six-time NBA champion and Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen celebrated his 48th birthday. Scottie made his Chicago Bulls debut as a 22-year old in 1987 and returned to the Windy City at age 38 to finish his career in 2003-2004. Almost 10 years later, Scottie is still one of basketball’s all-time most beloved players and his signature sneakers are still making an impact in today’s market.

For today’s Eastbay Memory Lane, we take a look back at a page from our 1998 Basketball catalog, headlined by Scottie and the Nike Air Pippen II. The II was Pip’s weapon of choice as the Bulls wrapped up a second three-peat and six championships in an eight-year span. Featuring a minimal design, the Air Pippen II featured a full-grain leather build, a Dynamic-Fit Lycra inner bootie, Zoom in the forefoot, Air in the heel and an Optimal Motion outsole.

Other classics on this page? How about Tim Duncan’s Total Air Foamposite Max? Charles Barkley’s Air CB II, Eddie Jones’ Jumpman Pro Quick, Vin Baker’s Jumpman Pro Strong and Tim Hardaway’s Air Zoom T-Bug Flight are a few of the other standouts you’ll notice.

Was the Air Pippen II or any of these other models on your feet in 1998? Share your memories with us below.

Eastbay Memory Lane // Play Like Pippen

Eastbay Memory Lane: Nike Basketball May 1998

Eastbay Memory Lane: Nike Basketball May 1998

words // Nick Engvall

Scottie Pippen court side at the Bulls vs. Heat game.Since most of the sports world this week is focused on the NBA Playoffs, digging through the Eastbay Memory Lane archive, was undoubtedly going to result in a basketball oriented visit this week. Considering that former Chicago Bulls great, Scottie Pippen, has been seen court side in nearly every game of the Chicago run this year, revisiting one of his famous sneakers was a no-brainer. The 7-time All-Star signed on as a team ambassador prior to the season, and although his game time attire won’t see him wearing any of his legendary sneakers, fans and sneaker collectors will never forget his on court footwear.

In May of 1998, the Eastbay Catalog was filled with unforgettable basketball sneakers but Scottie Pippen’s second signature shoe seems to stand out the most on the page below, maybe even over Michael’s Jordan 13. The Nike Air Pippen II stand out for some because of Pippen’s on court performance but for others the combination of Max Air in the heel and Zoom Air in the forefoot, combined with the smooth lines of its design, made the Pippen II irresistible.

While Scottie finished out the 1997 Playoffs in the Zoom Air equipped Pippen I, the second signature was a more sleek design and lighter weight than the first. While the Bulls inspired White, Varisty Red and Black combination was easily the most memorable and most popular, the White, Varsity Royal and Black was also a solid color makeup. Pippen’s second signature may have been great, but taking a look at the other releases of the era, there are plenty of epic sneakers to choose from. From the Jordan Pro Quick, Team Jordan, and Jordan XIII, to the Air Max Uptempo, Air Penny III, and Air Garnett, obviously 1998 was a good time to be into sneakers.


May 1998 Nike Basketball - Eastbay Memory Lane