Amid 22YO Son’s $5.9 Billion Team Snub, Scottie Pippen Steps Inside the Court 19 Years After NBA Retirement

Published 10/21/2023, 4:09 PM EDT

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The legacy of exceptional players extends off-court into their children’s lives in professional basketball, for instance, Scottie Pippen Jr, the 22-year-old son of basketball legend Scottie Pippen. Amid a surprising twist to the Pippen family basketball lineage, the LA Lakers have relieved Scottie Pippen Jr from the roster. Pippen’s youthful age saw him pen a deal with the Lakers on 9th September 2023, but his experience with the team ended unexpectedly due to unimpressive pre-season displays against the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Lakers Drop Scottie Pippen Jr. After Preseason Struggles

Initially, the news of Scotty Pippen Jr’s signing with the Los Angeles Lakers drew a lot of enthusiasm within the circles of fans and the basketball community. The Lakers wanted to use the young prospect as part of a test team, and he was supposed to join the team during the preseason.

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He only sunk two out of his nine field goals and ended up scoring nine points for the game. It was not easy because he also had 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, and three turnovers. He clearly had issues adjusting to NBA-level speed.

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On the court, his fellow signees, Valerio–Bodon, and Baugh were also disappointed. Valerio-Bodon made only two rebounds and one block in just 5 minutes of play, but Baugh managed only one rebound in five and a half minutes. Therefore, the Lakers’ management had to make a tough decision due to poor performances from these three young players.

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Pippen’s Surprise Comeback on the Local Basketball Scene

Contrary to his son’s road to professional basketball, NBA legend Scottie Pippen made a surprising turn of events. This is the story of Pippen who played for the Chicago Bulls for 19 years until the NBA retired him. 19 years later, he decided to put on his basketball shoes to step back onto the court, but in a different environment.

As a reminder his glory days were nothing but winning NBA championships and playing alongside people like Michael Jordan; however, the last time Pippen was seen, he was a guest on a local basketball court in Parkville. However, this strange move took place when he was acting for the Sportsbet social basketball team which was missing a player during their game. Despite being a long way from the NBA championships he once celebrated as a six-time NBA champion, he still played with as much passion that made him a legend.

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Fans and teammates enjoyed watching Pippen’s presence on the court since he did not only show his skills but also his friendly character. This was not all as he even agreed to be ‘mic’d up’ during their game giving his friends an interesting encounter. The participation of an NBA icon in this amateur game generated an unforgettable experience that went beyond his exceptional career and echoed in the lives of the modern generations.

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Abhinav Tomar

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Abhinav is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports, known for his insightful coverage of the league. With a deep passion for basketball fueled by the late Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers’ championship runs, Abhinav has built his writing career on astute analysis and a firm understanding of the game. His transparent reporting and dedication to providing quality content have earned him credibility and respect among readers and industry professionals alike.
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