LeBron James Embraces Scottie Pippen as NBA Greats Show up for Bryce James and Justin Pippen

Published 01/06/2024, 11:18 PM EST

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Basketball enthusiasts are already familiar with LeBron James‘ second in line, Bryce James, playing for Sierra Canyon with Scottie Pippen‘s younger son, Justin. Saturday night, the two NBA greats brought the NBA world’s attention to the California-based High School. 10 NBA championships graced the hardwood in Chatsworth in one night as Bryce’s Blazers took on Varsity Boys Basketball.

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As any supportive father would do, both James and Pippen were sitting courtside to watch their sons play.

LeBron James meets Scottie Pippen at Sierra Canyon

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Michael Jordan‘s greatest competition in the GOAT debate and his biggest nemesis embraced each other as their sons teamed up for their 18th game of the season. Here’s B/R Hoops’ Tweet that caught the moment between basketball icons LeBron James and Scottie Pippen.

If carrying ‘James’ and ‘Pippen’ names wasn’t enough, having to perform in their father’s presence is added pressure these youngsters go through every other night. Still, the duo is showing a lot of promise, and hope to make it to the big leagues. With a 16-1 record right now, Sierra Canyon has been near unstoppable and will add to the chance of the James and Pippen to get more national recognition.

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Already having made his opinion public about playing with both his sons, the freshly turned 39-year-old James is taking that hype even higher every time he makes an appearance in one of Bryce or Bronny James’ games.

LeBron fans must be waiting for that day when they can see the James duo/trio playing together for an NBA franchise. It would be such a huge moment in the history of the game to watch a father-son(s) duo play that NBA World might not care which team accommodates them.

Now let’s track back and dive into the James-Pippen relationship.

LeBron and Scottie’s relationship hasn’t always been all smiles

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Just a few years back, you could have caught Pippen badmouthing LeBron and explaining on multiple NBA talk shows that he is not in the same league as “His Airness”. Fast forward 4 years, he has all the love for James and nothing for MJ.

The infamous feud between Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal can probably only match Jordan and Pippen’s relationship. The only difference is that Kobe and Shaq settled their differences, while Pippen and Jordan still seem at odds. Pippen’s issues started with the Jordan-centric Last Dance footage, which inadvertently either painted him in a bad light or completely minimized his efforts in building Jordan’s legacy.

In the 4 years since the finale of the doc aired, Pippen has publicly changed his stance on the Jordan v LeBron debate and has sided with the Lakers star over his former teammate.

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With such a heavy burden on the shoulders of the young athletes, can Justin Pippen and Bryce James will live up to the hype?

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Akash Murty

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Akash Murty is an NBA Content Manager at EssentiallySports. He has a writer's portfolio of over 2100 articles in his 21 months as a writer/editor. Basketball has been his go-to sport to follow for more than a decade.
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