Scottie Pippen’s Oldest Son Passes Away
On Sunday, April 18, 2021, Antron Pippen, first-born son of six-time NBA champion and seven-time NBA All-Star, Scottie Pippen, passed away. The news was shared by the basketball legend himself via social media, sparking a public outpouring of condolences and conversations.
Speculation swirls as it may be too soon to determine a cause of death. Pippen shared that his recent late son dealt with chronic asthma and believed the condition stunted Antron’s chances of making it to the NBA.
This alternate reality could have resulted in the first father-son player duo in NBA history as, Scottie would have probably postponed his 2004 retirement in order to receive his son into the league, who would have been eligible and probably drafted the very next year.
Scottie Pippen holds a legacy unchallenged in the sports sphere. Michael Jordan’s right-hand man on the court was no mere second fiddle and held a game unparalleled even to the modern NBA. His 17-year professional career is amongst the most heralded in our lifetime and we are deeply saddened by this weekend’s revelation.
Scottie’s social sharing cited the synonymous cross-generational admiration for the industry of a competition that made Pippen a household name. Antron held NBA ambitions and his surviving father mentioned: “countless conversations about the game” he had with his son when divulging the news.
Antron would not let his condition alter his course of achieving his dream during his lifetime. He would follow up his college career, balling for Texas A&M International University, by playing in the WBA for the Upstate Heat.
“Please keep his mom, Karen, and all of his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers,” Scottie Pippen wrote. “A kind heart and beautiful soul, gone away too soon. I love you, son, rest easy until we meet again.”