Scottie Pippen said Friday he doesn't expect to return to the Chicago Bulls once the NBA lockout ends and he doesn't think Michael Jordan, his sidekick on six championship teams, will either.
Pippen's comments were his first since undergoing surgery for two herniated disks last month.
"I'm pretty sure Michael's not coming back," Pippen said during a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field. He said he talked recently with Jordan but not about the future.
"Michael's always stated that he doesn't want to play for any coach other than Phil (Jackson). And we have to one day wake up and say, 'Hey, you have to believe it.' "
The Bulls hired Tim Floyd as their coach-in-waiting last month, giving him the title of director of basketball operations until the lockout ends and Jordan announces a decision on whether to retire.
Would Pippen play for Floyd?
"I won't say I won't play for him. I can't judge Tim Floyd but I don't think I'm planning on coming back here next year," Pippen said.