words & images_Nick DePaula In celebration of Scottie Pippen's upcoming induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this Friday, enjoy a look all week at the iconic models worn throughout his career. Worn by Scottie Pippen sporadically during the 1996-1997 NBA season, the Nike Air Max Uptempo 3 wasn't exactly a Pippen signature, like the Air Max Uptempo '95 and Air More Uptempo just before it. While it was certainly often associated with Pip, it was also one of the most-worn sneakers throughout the league, seen in white and black with varying color accents on nearly every team. When it released in the fall of 1996, the Air Max Uptempo 3 was the first shoe to feature the 3/4-length Air Max unit that we'd see in several later Nike Basketball models. The total visibility of Nike's Air cushioning was only getting continuously more sizable. While the Air Max unit was definitely a prominent feature that contributed to the shoe's hefty $160 price tag, the defining aesthetic details of the shoe were certainly its sloping overlay rand and the jeweled TPU insets embedded along the shoe's high-wrapping foam midsole. It's important to note that Pippen's time spent switching back and forth during the first half of the season between the Air Jordan XII and the Max Uptempo 3 helped guide the insights behind his request for a custom-built pair of the Pippen I, featuring Zoom Air in favor of the Air Max set-up seen at retail. He simply wanted to "play closer to the floor," he told Designer Aaron Cooper, and sure enough, Nike Basketball had a custom-made Zoom Pippen I ready to go for Scottie as he and the Bulls entered the NBA Playoffs to end the season. Predictable championship results ensued, of course. Enjoy a look at the Max Uptempo 3, in the exact colorway he wore on-court and in Scottie's size 16.