Scottie Pippen

Scotty Maurice Pippen spelled Scottie Pippen, is an American former professional basketball player. He played 17 seasons in the National Basketball Association, winning six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls. Pippen, along with Michael Jordan, played an important role in transforming the Bulls into a championship team and in popularizing the NBA around the world during the 1990s. Considered one of the greatest small forwards of all time, Pippen was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team eight consecutive times and the All-NBA First Team three times, he was a seven-time NBA All-Star and was the NBA All-Star Game MVP in 1994. He was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History during the 1996–97 season, is one of four players to have his jersey retired by the Chicago Bulls, he played a main role on both the 1992 Chicago Bulls Championship team and the 1996 Chicago Bulls Championship team which were selected as two of the Top 10 Teams in NBA History. His biography on the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame's website states, "The multidimensional Pippen ran the court like a point guard, attacked the boards like a power forward, swished the nets like a shooting guard."

During his 17-year career, he played 12 seasons with the Bulls, one with the Houston Rockets and four with the Portland Trail Blazers, making the postseason sixteen straight times. Pippen is the only NBA player to have won an NBA title and Olympic gold medal in the same year twice, he was a part of the 1992 U. S. Olympic "Dream Team" which beat its opponents by an average of 44 points. Pippen was a key figure in the 1996 Olympic team, alongside former Dream Team members Karl Malone, John Stockton, Charles Barkley as well as newer faces such as Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway and Grant Hill, he wore number 8 during both years. Pippen is a two-time inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, having been inducted for both on August 13, 2010. On December 8, 2005, the Chicago Bulls retired his number #33, while his college, University of Central Arkansas, retired his number #33 on January 21, 2010, as well. Scottie Pippen was born on September 25, 1965, in Hamburg, the youngest of 12 children, born to Ethel and Preston Pippen.

Pippen's mother was 6 ft tall and his father was 6 ft 1 in and all of their children were tall, with Scottie being the tallest. His parents could not afford to send their other children to college, his father worked in a paper mill until a stroke, that paralyzed his right side, prevented him from walking and affected his speech. Pippen attended Hamburg High School. Playing point guard, he led his team to the state playoffs and earned all-conference honors as a senior, he was not offered any college scholarships. Pippen began his college playing career at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway after being discovered by then-UCA head coach, Don Dyer, as a 6-foot-1-inch walk-on, he did not receive much recognition in college because the school played in the NAIA. He had a growth spurt to 6 ft 8 in, his per game averages of 23.6 points, 10 rebounds, 4.3 assists and near 60 percent field goal shooting earned the Central Arkansas senior Consensus NAIA All-American honors in 1987 and made him a dominant player in the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference, drawing the attention of NBA scouts.

Having eyed Pippen before the 1987 NBA Draft but selected too low, at No. 8 overall, the Chicago Bulls manufactured a trade with the Seattle SuperSonics that would send Pippen, selected fifth overall, to the Bulls, in exchange for Olden Polynice and future draft pick options. Pippen became part of Chicago's young forward tandem with 6-foot-10-inch power forward Horace Grant, although both came off the bench to back up Brad Sellers and Charles Oakley during their rookie seasons. Scottie made his NBA debut on November 7, 1987, when the Chicago Bulls faced the Philadelphia 76ers as their first game of the season, he finished the game with 2 steals, 4 assists and 1 rebound in 23 minutes of play. The Bulls won their season-opening game 104–94. With fellow Bull, Michael Jordan, as a motivational and instructional mentor, Pippen refined his skills and developed many new ones over his career. Jordan and Pippen played one-on-one outside of team practices to hone each other's skills on offense and defense.

Pippen claimed the starting small forward position during the 1988 NBA Playoffs, helping the Jordan-led Bulls to reach the conference semifinals for the first time in over a decade. Pippen emerged as one of the league's premier young forwards at the turn of the decade, recording then-career highs in points and field goal shooting, as well as being the NBA's number three leader in steals; these feats earned Pippen his debut NBA All-Star selection in 1990. Pippen continued to improve as the Bulls reached the Eastern Conference Finals in 1989 and 1990, but were eliminated both times by the Detroit Pistons. In the 1990 final, Pippen suffered a severe migraine headache at the start of Game 7 that impacted his gameplay and he made only one of his ten field goal attempts as the Bulls lost 93–74. In the 1990–91 NBA season, Pippen emerged as the Bulls' primary defensive stopper and a versatile scoring threat in Phil Jackson's'triangle offense'. Alongside the help of Michael Jordan, Scottie continued to improve his game.

He had his first triple-double on November 23 when the Bulls faced the Los Angeles Clippers as he had 13 points, 12 assists and 13 rebounds in 30 minutes in a 105–97 win. He had his secon

Basotho blanket

The Basotho blanket is a distinctive form of woollen tribal blanket traditionally worn by Sotho people and unique to the Kingdom of Lesotho. Gifted to the ruler King Moshoeshoe I by a British man known only as "Mr Howell" in the late 19th century, these blankets gained popularity in the Lesotho region; the way that Lesotho men wear these traditional blankets is founded on the traditional Kaross, an animal skin cape, although their transformation to "factory-woven textile" is attributed to King Moshoeshoe I. By 1860 securing sufficient skins for Karosses was difficult and by 1872 a large majority of sheepskin covers had been replaced by poor quality cotton or wool; the King secured the production of "special blankets" in 1876 after meeting with Scottish textile manufacturer Donald Fraser. These new blankets were not only sturdier but they could be fashioned in a way which more resembled the Kaross and they therefore replaced the poor quality imported cloth that the people of Lesotho were wearing.

Across the kingdom, a variety of these blankets are worn by the people of Lesotho to represent the different rites of passage in society. The Moholobela is a fertility blanket worn by young Sotho men in preparation of their transition to manhood. After the initiation ceremony, the young men in Lesotho will don a different blanket known as the Lekhokolo, which confirms that they have reached adulthood. In preparation for the wedding ceremony, Lesotho women ordinarily wear a Motlotlehi blanket on their wedding day, they will traditionally gift their wife a Serope blanket when their first child is born. Seana Marena: Means chief's blanket or to swear by the king: This particular blanket is worn by the king and his chiefs, it has the highest status of all Basotho blankets. Lehlosi: A Chiefly blanket made of patterns from the skin of wild cat or leopards. At present, one will observe chiefs wearing commercially manufactured blankets bearing the print of a leopard, rather than actual leopard skins.

Victorian/ Malakabane: In 1897 Queen Victoria visited the Lesotho during her inaugural year. She gave King Lerotholi a gift, he wore the blanket with elegance, in a manner that represented the Poncho, over his shoulders and there the blanket wearing tradition began. The blanket was named Victoria England; the Sotho people had a great love and respect for Queen Victoria and the Victoria England blanket has become a sought after status symbol. Motlatsi: designed and produced to pay tribute to the birth of Prince Lerotholi. Motlatsi means "successor". Letlama: worn by traditionally initiated men & women " tlama" is to tie "ke e tlametse mathata aseng basadi ba batho" is what one who wears this particular blanket would say. Lingoetsi: a bride's blanket. Batho Ba Roma: remembering Pope John Paul’s visit to Lesotho in 1988. Kharetsa: named after the aloe, indigenous to the Maloti Mountains of Lesotho. Sefate and Morena: are used by the Basotho people as an everyday wearing blanket. Ketelo ea Morena Papa which means the visit of the Pope: Pope John Paul II once had a visit to Lesotho in 1988, a blanket gift was given to him, placed in the Vatican in Rome.

Louis Vuitton's designs for the 2017 menswear collection featured designs from Basotho Blankets which caused controversy in South Africa with accusations of cultural appropriation. In the 2018 films Black Panther and in Avengers: Infinity Wars, W’Kabi and his tribesmen appear in many scenes wearing what looks like the Basotho blanket. Given that the actors in the film were not from Continental Africa, several continental African groups viewed the appropriation of these cultural symbols as inappropriate for use by diasporic Africans; the movie however brought the blankets to an increase in sales. Specific visual symbols related to the coming of age ceremony lebollo la basadi Lebollo la banna Media related to Basotho blankets at Wikimedia Commons

Amir Velić

Amir Velić is a Bosnian professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for First League of FBiH club Goražde. Velić started off his career at the youth team of Željezničar, after which he was called up to the first team in 2017, he stayed at the first team of Željezničar for one year, until 2018. During that time, he made one appearance for the club, in a 0–2 away win against Radnik Bijeljina on 10 September 2017, he won the Bosnian Cup with Željezničar in the 2017–18 season. He left the club in June 2018. In July 2018, alongside teammate Almir Ćubara, Velić signed with First League of FBiH club Bosna Visoko, he made his debut for Bosna Visoko on 11 August 2018, in a 1–0 away loss against Jedinstvo Bihać. In the 2018–19 First League of FBiH season, with Bosna, Velić got relegated to the Second League of FBiH. In July 2019, Velić signed a contract with Orašje, his first appearance for Orašje was on 10 August 2019, in a 1–0 home league win against Rudar Kakanj. Velić joined Goražde in January 2020.

Velić played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U17 and the Bosnia and Herzegovina U19 national teams, making 9 and 5 caps for both teams, but did not score a goal for neither. As of match played 17 November 2019. Željezničar Bosnian Cup: 2017–18 Amir Velić at Sofascore Amir Velić profile at Soccerpunter