Paxson: Pippen would make good coach

Chicago Bulls executive vice president John Paxson said Scottie Pippen, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday, would make a good coach someday.

"I think Scottie is smart enough and dedicated enough to the game that I think at some point he's going to want to get into coaching," Paxson said Tuesday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "My personal feeling is that Scottie Pippen will be an excellent basketball coach."

Asked if Pippen's coaching career could start with the Bulls, who have an opening on their staff under new coach Tom Thibodeau, Paxson said: "You never know. Right now obviously at some point he's going to have to get into the profession. A lot of guys take different routes. It's all about what kind of timeline he would have. All I'm saying is I think he's just a very, very smart guy and that if he ever does want to get into coaching, I think he would be very good."