"He's going to be a bigger, better, stronger player," Pippen told Comcast SportsNet Chicago on Friday. " I think it's great to have something like this happen if it's going to happen at a young age (23). He's going to heal fast, and he's going to push himself now to be better than he probably would have ever been.
"I think for the players here on the team they're going to be excited. It's a new opportunity, a greater challenge for them not having Derrick. His presence will be there, and he has a challenge himself to get himself back on the court."