Basketball Corridor of Fame ahead Scottie Pippen and his son Scotty Pippen Jr. don’t seem to see eye to eye on the basketball courtroom.
Pippen Jr. — who not too long ago signed a two-way contract with the Lakers after going undrafted — revealed he and his father stopped enjoying one-on-one a number of years in the past as a result of issues had been getting petty.
“My dad stopped enjoying me. I used to be sporting him out,” a smiling Pippen Jr. told reporters Tuesday, after a Summer season League follow with the Lakers. “I used to beat him, and he would faux accidents and stuff. He wouldn’t give me the credit score so we stopped enjoying some time in the past.”
Pippen Jr., who made First Staff All-SEC final season with 20.4 factors per sport for Vanderbilt, stated he and his dad stopped enjoying collectively whereas at dwelling in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We had been in the home locked up [during COVID] and he’d be like, ‘I’m not gonna get harm enjoying with you.’ So he stopped enjoying,” Pippen Jr. stated of his now 56-year-old dad.
When the father-son duo would play collectively, Pippen Jr. stated, “[My dad] wouldn’t attempt to again me down. A bit of bit, he would use little fakes and stuff like that, put up me up, however largely the perimeter.”
Pippen later added that having a father who performed within the NBA is a “totally different sort of strain” and “stage” to play at. Pippen Sr.’s résumé consists of six NBA titles, seven All-Star nods, an All-Star MVP, three All-NBA First Staff picks and eight All-NBA Defensive First Staff picks.
“I’d undoubtedly say there’s a totally different sort of camaraderie between guys whose fathers performed within the NBA as a result of going by means of this entire course of, like after we had been children, there was at all times a distinct sort of strain on us I’d say — a distinct sort of expectation,” Pippen Jr. stated. “So I tip my hat to all these guys.”
Along with Pippen Jr., the Lakers additionally signed Shareef O’Neal, son of crew legend Shaquille O’Neal, to a Summer League deal.
“They’re attempting to do one thing particular,” Pippen Jr. stated. “This can be a crew that competes yearly. It’s championship intentions yearly. I believe it’s the correct place for me and I’m excited to be right here.”
The Lakers went 33-49 final season and missed the playoffs.