Turns out Scottie Pippen doesn't need Michael Jordan to win after all -- 'cause the NBA legend KO'd a guy in Malibu last night ... TMZ has learned.
Here's what we know ... 47-year-old Pippen was outside Nobu in the 'Bu when he got into a fight with another guy.
Not clear at this point what started the altercation -- but we know it ended with the other guy getting so injured he was taken to a local hospital by ambulance.
FYI: Pippen is 6'8" and well over 200 lbs.
Police were called to the scene, but by the time they got there ... Pippen had left.
Scottie won 6 NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls ... and Jordan. None without MJ.
Story developing ...
Lil Wayne to Chicago Bulls
Drinks on Me!
After Heat Smackdown
5/11/2013 5:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lil Wayne still hates the Miami Heat so much ... he hooked up the Chicago Bulls with free booze after they upset LeBron James and company -- and TMZ got a pic of their celebration.
It all went down Monday night at Excess Mondays at Mansion nightclub in Miami where, we're told, Wayne invited a few Bulls players (who were already in the club) to party with him ... just hours after they beat the Heat 93-86.
The guys with Weezy were (left to right) -- Mack Maine (pres. of Young Money Entertainment) ... along with Bulls' Taj Gibson, Richard Hamilton, Vladimir Radmanovic and Nazr Mohammed.
Our sources say Wayne provided the boys with bottles of vodka and told 'em he was rooting for them to knock the Heat out of the playoffs.
Wayne's beef with the Heat started back in February -- when he claimed he was tossed out of a game in Miami for rooting for the Lakers.
The Bulls have lost to the Heat twice since this pic was taken ... so pretty soon they're gonna need a few bottles of vodka for a whole different reason.
Tallest 'Christmas Carol'
Actor OF ALL TIME
12/18/2012 11:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen set a new record last week at a production of "A Christmas Carol" in the Windy City -- playing the first ever 6'8" 19th-century London townsman in the play -- and it was all for a good cause.
The director of "A Christmas Carol" at Chicago's Goodman Theatre tells TMZ, they created the role just for Pippen -- "He is a business man in the town and he becomes a part of the crowd scenes where we celebrate Christmas morning."
As you can see, Pippen blends right in.
The NBA icon made the special guest appearance as part of the Make-A-Wish program -- taking the stage with a 7-year-old cancer patient who wants to be an actress.
Bulls' Taj Gibson
Lost in Translation
11/16/2012 4:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chicago Bulls star Taj Gibson may or may not be messing around with the "yelzenbah" -- and if anyone knows what the hell that is, we're all ears.
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2011 NBA MVP Derrick Rose
Passenger in DUI Arrest
10/21/2011 6:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose strolled out of an LAPD station at 3:00 AM today ... after his BFF was arrested for DUI ... and Derrick was a passenger in the car.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ .... the 2011 NBA MVP was a passenger in a black BMW being driven by his close friend and personal assistant Randall Hampton ... when cops stopped the car on a routine traffic violation at around 2:00 AM Friday morning.
When cops spoke to Hampton -- who played high school basketball with Rose -- officers claim they detected the odor of alcohol.
Hampton was given a field sobriety test ... and was eventually arrested on suspicion of DUI. Rose was free to go.
Hampton was hauled to the Hollywood police station, where he was booked. Rose arrived to the station shortly after to check on his friend.
TMZ shot footage of Rose leaving the police station by himself at 3:00 AM ... but he clearly wasn't in the mood to talk.
Hampton has just been released on his own recognizance.
We called Rose's agent to ask why he would allow an allegedly drunk person to drive him around -- but so far no comment.
Chicago Bulls Star
Beer Pongin' During NBA Lockout
10/5/2011 3:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
With the NBA lockout threatening the 2011-12 season ... one Chicago Bulls star has found a way to keep his shooting skills sharp ... while boozing and tanning at the same time.
TMZ has obtained photos of Joakim Noah ... fully engaged in a competitive game of aquatic beer pong Saturday at an apartment complex near the University of Florida ... his alma mater.
Sources at the apt. tell us ... Joakim's pong skills were STRONG ... and he played for roughly 2 hours.
We're told Joakim -- who's frickin' JACKED by the way -- was "pretty cool" with the people at the complex ... and was a gracious winner after walking away with a victory on the water.