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Bulls Legend Scottie Pippen’s Son Reveals Kobe Bryant as Favorite Player Growing Up Over Michael Jordan and His Dad

Published 06/04/2022, 1:20 AM EDT

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The NBA has had some monumental players through the course of history. However, not many can come close to the impact Kobe Bryant had on the game. Not only did he redefine hard work, but his discipline still gives inspiration to young players around the world. Likewise, he serves as a basketball idol to countless ball players. Recently, Bulls legend Scottie Pippen’s son revealed his favorite player to be the Mamba over his own father or Michael Jordan.

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As one of the hardest workers in the game, Kobe has always been in the conversation as one of the best players to ever play. He remains to be one of the few players to have scored over 30,000 points and even won 5 championships in his illustrious career.


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In addition, Bryant embodied LA to the fullest as he spent his entire career with the Lakers. Having both his numbers retired, the Black Mamba etched himself into the history books on countless occasions. With the bag full of accolades, Kobe achieved nearly everything.

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Likewise, despite having inspiration such as his father Scottie and MJ, Scottie Pippen Jr. chose Bryant as his favorite player.

Scottie Pippen Jr. has Kobe Bryant at the top over Jordan and Pippen

Looking to continue the legacy his father left in the NBA, Pippen Jr. has declared for the 2022 NBA draft. Playing Vanderbilt, Pippen Jr. is a shifty guard who has great control of the ball. Despite Scottie having a huge 6’8″, his son didn’t get the blessings passed on. Pippen Jr. stands at just 6’1″ making him a smaller guard. However, he didn’t let his small size prove to be a disadvantage as he led the Commodores in scoring.

Recently, working his way into the eyes of the organization, Pippen Jr. earned himself a call up for a workout with the Los Angeles Lakers. After the session, he revealed his favorite player. And having a Hall of Fame father did not get Scottie any special treatment. Shockingly, Pippen Jr. revealed Kobe Bryant to be his favorite basketball player. He said: “Growing up Kobe Bryant was my favorite player.”


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Looking to make his own mark in the NBA, having the ideals of Kobe Bryant is the strongest base he could ask for. Working hard in his young basketball career, Pippen Jr. made a serious mark last season. He averaged 20.4 points and 4.5 assists while shooting 32.5% from three. In addition, Pippen Jr. played in 89 of the 90 games over his three seasons with the Commodores. However, despite the name and numbers, he is currently a below-the-radar prospect for the upcoming draft.


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Coming from a Hall of Fame background, do you Pippen Jr. will have to wait for a year to start his NBA journey? Let us know in the comments below.

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Written by:

Anuj Talwalkar


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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.
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Arunaditya Aima