(Audacy) Scotty Pippen Jr. no longer plays one-on-one with his dad anymore because the Chicago Bulls legend uses the injury excuse too much.
Pippen Jr., who recently signed a two-way contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, revealed at a Summer League practice Tuesday that his Hall of Fame father, Scottie, won’t even so much give him credit for beating him.
“I was wearing him out,” Pippen Jr. said. “I used to beat him, and he’d fake injuries and stuff. He wouldn’t give me the credit so we stopped playing a while ago.”
It should come as no surprise that the 21-year-old with NBA talent can hold his own against his 56-year-old father, but the elder Pippen using the fake injury excuse seems like the easy way out.
“We were in the house locked up (during COVID) and he’d be like, ‘I’m not gonna get hurt playing with you,’” Pippen Jr. continued. “So he stopped playing.”
Pippen Jr. hopes to carve out his own path in the NBA now that he's with the Lakers. He played at Vanderbilt for the past three years and earned first-team All-SEC honors last season, averaging 20.4 points per game.
Pippen isn’t the only son of a former NBA legend on the Lakers, who also signed Shaquille O’Neal’s son, Shareef.
Pippen noted there’s a different kind of pressure being the son of an NBA star.
“I would definitely say there is a different type of camaraderie between guys whose fathers played in the NBA because going through this whole process, like when we were kids, there was always a different type of pressure on us,” Pippen Jr. said, according to the New York Post. “A different type of expectation. So, I tip my hat to all those guys.”