Scottie Pippen Drops Bad News for LeBron James and Lakers With Kyrie Irving Prediction

Published 11/09/2021, 9:51 PM EST
MIAMI, FL – FEBRUARY 04: Scottie Pippen Attends Market America Conference 2016 at American Airlines Arena on February 4, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Aaron Davidson/Getty Images)


The Brooklyn Nets have been on fire to start their 2021-22 season. Notably, Kevin Durant is going off leading the Nets with his dominance. However, they still aren’t in full force with Kyrie Irving still not playing. But, Chicago legend, Scottie Pippen had an interesting take on Durant and the Nets if they’re to win the championship.

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KD is truly showing out this season, even leading the race for MVP. The ‘Slim Reaper’ is handling the majority of the Nets’ offense while also being a leading rebounder. However, the extra load on Durant is just because James Harden is still in his recovery process and hasn’t returned to being himself. But, if he does, Scottie believes the Brooklyn Nets can win the championship.

Also, with their WC rivals, Los Angeles Lakers struggling to get things done, the Nets are looking like the favorites to win it this year. On top, the Lakers can’t even keep up with a Kyrie-less Brooklyn Nets team which serves as major bad news.

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Scottie Pippen calls Kevin Durant unstoppable

Recently, Pippen was in an interview when he was asked about the Nets’ shot at the championship. The 56-YO Hall of Famer responded by suggesting that the Nets can still win without Kyrie Irving if other things fall in place.

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The 6x NBA Champion first expressed a concern and said, “Not if James Harden can get in shape. I’m not going to say they can win without him. He definitely is a guy that can help them.” Then, he paid his respect to the team’s leader and added, “But Kevin Durant right now is an unstoppable player, and we started to see this last year in the playoffs. If he continues on this kind of role and starts to utilize his team a little bit better, I think they can possibly win without him.”

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Currently, Durant is one of the leading scorers in the NBA, putting up 29.5 points per game. His contribution on the offensive end is unmatched as he is shooting 56% which is his career-best. On the other hand, Harden might not be on his offensive peak, but his services as a point guard are on display every night, dishing out assists and getting everyone involved.

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However, Irving’s impact can’t be ignored. Not only is he a talented scorer but Kyrie is one of the best players in crunch time around the league. He led the Nets in scoring last year and is definitely an important piece to any lineup.

So do you agree with Scottie Pippen on this take? Let us know in the comments below.

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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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