At 54, This Is Where Scottie Pippen Lives

Born on September 25, 1965, Scottie Pippen has made a name for himself in the sports world, and together with Michael Jordan let the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles. Having been named one of the NBA’s greatest players in 1996, Scottie has become one of college basketball’s best players and was selected fifth overall in the 1987 NBA draft. But what has be been up since then?

Image Credits: Getty Images / Aaron Davidson | Scottie Pippen Attends Market America Conference 2016 at American Airlines Arena on February 4, 2016 in Miami, Florida.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Aaron Davidson | Scottie Pippen Attends Market America Conference 2016 at American Airlines Arena on February 4, 2016 in Miami, Florida.


THE TALLEST IN THE FAMILY

Born in Scotty Maurice Pippen in Arkansas, he was one of eleven siblings. His mother, Ethel, was 6 feet tall, and his father, Preston, was 6.1 feet. All of the couple’s children were quite tall, but Scottie took the lead in terms of height. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Collegiate Images | Scottie Pippen #33 of the Central Arkansas Bears looks to pass during an NCAA game circa 1987 in Conway, Arkansas.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Collegiate Images | Scottie Pippen #33 of the Central Arkansas Bears looks to pass during an NCAA game circa 1987 in Conway, Arkansas.


FROM POVERTY TO FAME

His parents lived a simple life, and unfortunately couldn’t afford to provide their children with a college education, but that didn’t stop Scottie from making it happen. Pippen attended Hamburg High School, where he played as a point guard and led his team to the state playoffs. Even though he earned honors as a senior, he was not offered a college scholarship.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Chris Elise / NBAE | A close up shot of NBA Legend, Scottie Pippen smiling on court before the LA Clippers game against the Los Angeles Lakers on December 25, 2019 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Chris Elise / NBAE | A close up shot of NBA Legend, Scottie Pippen smiling on court before the LA Clippers game against the Los Angeles Lakers on December 25, 2019 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California.


WALKING INTO COLLEGE

Scottie’s career began at the University of Central Arkansas, shortly after being discovered by the school's head basketball coach, Don Dyer. His game averages as a senior made him earn the Consensus NAIA All-American honors in 1987, and thus a dominant player in the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference, which led to the NBA keeping an eye out for him.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Scott Cunningham / NBAE | Scottie Pippen #33 of the Chicago Bulls handles the ball against the Charlotte Hornets on May 3, 1998 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Scott Cunningham / NBAE | Scottie Pippen #33 of the Chicago Bulls handles the ball against the Charlotte Hornets on May 3, 1998 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.


CHICAGO BULLS

His talent, ability, and wingspan made him one of the NBA’s favorites, and in the 1987 NBA draft, the Seattle Supersonics selected the forward with the fifth overall pick. This was the first step into recognition for Pippen, who just a couple of weeks later was traded to the Chicago Bulls, where he teamed up with Michael Jordan.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Andy Hayt / NBAE | Scottie Pippen #33 and Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls sit on the bench during the game against the Vancouver Grizzlies at General Motors Place on January 27, 1998 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Andy Hayt / NBAE | Scottie Pippen #33 and Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls sit on the bench during the game against the Vancouver Grizzlies at General Motors Place on January 27, 1998 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Pippen and Jordan became an unstoppable duo and led the Chicago Bulls to the first of three consecutive NBA titles. The dream duo kept roaring and the team won six NBA titles in total, over a span of seven seasons. Even though the media used Jordan as the poster boy, Pippen’s versatility and skill were as vital to the club.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Andy Hayt / NBAE  | Scottie Pippen #33 and Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls walk upcourt during a 1997 NBA game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Andy Hayt / NBAE | Scottie Pippen #33 and Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls walk upcourt during a 1997 NBA game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.


1992: THE DREAM TEAM COMES ALIVE

The first Olympic basketball team makes its way to the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, and Pippen, Jorgan, Magic, and Larry Bird, along with other big NBA names, win the gold medal for the US. In 1996, Pippen once again scored the gold in the Atlanta Summer Olympics.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Andrew D. Bernstein / NBAE | Scottie Pippen, Chris Mullin, Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley laugh following the Gold Medal Basketball game between the United States and Croatia at the 1992 Olympics on August 8 1992 at the Palau Municipal d'Esports de badalona in Barcelona, Spain. The United States defeated Croatia 117-85 to win the gold medal.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Andrew D. Bernstein / NBAE | Scottie Pippen, Chris Mullin, Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley laugh following the Gold Medal Basketball game between the United States and Croatia at the 1992 Olympics on August 8 1992 at the Palau Municipal d'Esports de badalona in Barcelona, Spain. The United States defeated Croatia 117-85 to win the gold medal.


THE END OF A DREAM

During a couple of seasons, Pippen played with the Houston Rockets and the Portland Trailblazers, however, he opted to return to Chicago for the 2003-2004 season. This would end up being his final year playing in the NBA. During his almost two-decade-long career, he was a seven-time All-Star and eight-time member of the NBA's All-Defensive First Team.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Allen Berezovsky | Scottie Pippen attends an NBA playoffs basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on April 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Allen Berezovsky | Scottie Pippen attends an NBA playoffs basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on April 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.


BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME

Scottie Pippen was enshrined as part of the Class of 2010 into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. During his speech, Pippen thanked those who helped him become who he is today, including his presenter Michael Jordan: “What an honor it is for me as a basketball player to have the all-time great presenting me here tonight.” 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Nathaniel S. Butler / NBAE | Inductee Scottie Pippen speaks to the media during the Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2010 press conference at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on August 13, 2010 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Nathaniel S. Butler / NBAE | Inductee Scottie Pippen speaks to the media during the Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2010 press conference at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on August 13, 2010 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

He added: “It was so valuable to me as a player to see someone who had the same desire, determination, passion, and love for the game. [...] MJ, you have touched so many people’s lives, but none like mine. Thank you for being the best teammate; I will always cherish that experience and I will cherish our relationship forever.”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Barry Brecheisen / WireImage | Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan attend the surprise birthday celebration for Scottie Pippen at Sunda on September 24, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Barry Brecheisen / WireImage | Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan attend the surprise birthday celebration for Scottie Pippen at Sunda on September 24, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.


SCOTTIE PIPPEN’S LOVE LIFE: NOT AS SUCCESSFUL AS NBA

Scottie has made a name for himself as a dream player in the NBA, but the same can’t be said about his personal life. To this day, Pippen has been the father of eight children, and his dating history is a long and detailed one. However, there have been four women who took the all-star position in his heart.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Carlos Tischler | Former NBA player Scottie Pippen speaks during a press conference as part of Heat Fest at Citibanamex Center on September 01, 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Carlos Tischler | Former NBA player Scottie Pippen speaks during a press conference as part of Heat Fest at Citibanamex Center on September 01, 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico.


KAREN MCCOLLUM

Pippen’s relationship and marriage with Karen was a roller coaster. They had a son together in 1987, named Antron Pippen, and one year later they decided to get married. However, it did not last very long as Scottie had some loose ends on his side, namely the fact that he was dating other women when they tied the knot.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Daniel Boczarski | Scottie Pippen attends 'A Whole Lotta Awesome' At Re-Grand Opening of Revitalized Kmart Store on August 27, 2016 in Des Plaines, Illinois.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Daniel Boczarski | Scottie Pippen attends 'A Whole Lotta Awesome' At Re-Grand Opening of Revitalized Kmart Store on August 27, 2016 in Des Plaines, Illinois.

The couple eventually split up two years after the wedding, which allowed Scottie to follow his romantic interests with other women - something that he was lacking when he was married. His son, who is now 32 years old, has followed his father’s steps into the basketball world. Keep reading to see if he is as good as his father!

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Loccisano | Scottie Pippen attends Rookie USA Presents Kids Rock! during New York Fashion Week: The Shows September 2016 at The Dock, Skylight at Moynihan Station on September 8, 2016 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Loccisano | Scottie Pippen attends Rookie USA Presents Kids Rock! during New York Fashion Week: The Shows September 2016 at The Dock, Skylight at Moynihan Station on September 8, 2016 in New York City.


ANTRON PIPPEN

The all-star son started playing basketball for Texas A&M International University, and soon after signed with the Upstate Heat team of the World Basketball Association. Even though Antron never made it to the NBA, he is still playing for a local team in Atlanta, where he also works as a machine technician.


SONYA ROBY

Shortly after Karen’s and Pippen’s divorce, the basketballer started dating Sonya sometime in 1993. Just like before, Pippen didn’t wait much longer to announce that he and Sonya were expecting twins. Tyler and Taylor were born on July 20th, 1994, but their lives didn’t start out easy.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jemal Countess / WireImage | Scottie Pippen with The 2006 NBA Finals Trophy during NBA Legends Scottie Pippen and Walt "Clyde" Frazier Announce 2006 Finals Trophy Tour at NBA Store in New York City, New York, United States.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jemal Countess / WireImage | Scottie Pippen with The 2006 NBA Finals Trophy during NBA Legends Scottie Pippen and Walt "Clyde" Frazier Announce 2006 Finals Trophy Tour at NBA Store in New York City, New York, United States.

Scottie’s initial approach to the twins was to deny any responsibility and state he was not the father, however, a DNA test proved that he was. Pippen then pulled his sleeves up and took on the responsibilities for his two new children, however, unfortunately, Tyler passed away just nine days after being born.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Nathaniel S. Butler / NBAE | Dennis Rodman #91, Michael Jordan #23 and Scottie Pippen #33 of the Chicago Bulls looks on against the New York Knicks on January 23, 1996 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Nathaniel S. Butler / NBAE | Dennis Rodman #91, Michael Jordan #23 and Scottie Pippen #33 of the Chicago Bulls looks on against the New York Knicks on January 23, 1996 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.


TAYLOR PIPPEN

Taylor focused on volleyball, having won the National Volleyball cut, and graduated in accounting with a minor in marketing from Southern Illinois University. When asked about her relationship with Scottie, she said "I don't know what he's like as a father. He never wanted to meet me. He decided that, and I prefer not to think about it too much." 


YVETTE DE LEON

Scottie was never a person to stay single for too long, and once he met Yvette the two fell in love and soon got engaged. On February 17th, 1995, Yvette gave birth to Sierra Pippen, but the family didn’t stay together for too long.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jemal Countess / WireImage | Scottie Pippen with The 2006 NBA Finals Trophy during NBA Legends Scottie Pippen and Walt "Clyde" Frazier Announce 2006 Finals Trophy Tour at NBA Store in New York City, New York, United States.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jemal Countess / WireImage | Scottie Pippen with The 2006 NBA Finals Trophy during NBA Legends Scottie Pippen and Walt "Clyde" Frazier Announce 2006 Finals Trophy Tour at NBA Store in New York City, New York, United States.

The couple split up after an incident of domestic violence for which Pippen was arrested. Yvette took Pippen to court in order to demand him to fund his child’s support, which he denied. He eventually settled the matter by paying a huge amount of money. But as they say, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!

Image Credits: Getty Images / Andrew D. Bernstein / NBAE | Scottie Pippen #33 of the Chicago Bulls celebrates against the Los Angeles Lakers on December 17, 1996 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Andrew D. Bernstein / NBAE | Scottie Pippen #33 of the Chicago Bulls celebrates against the Los Angeles Lakers on December 17, 1996 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.


SIERRA PIPPEN

Sierra has had a couple encounters with the law, following some of her father’s footsteps. She was charged with public urination and intoxication after being arrested at the Sheraton Hotel in Iowa, and two weeks before that she was also arrested there due to getting into a fight with a staff member from the Hotel.


LARSA YOUNAN

The same year that Sierra was born, Scottie began dating Larsa, who had just graduated from college and was aspiring to become a model and actress. When Larsa was 22 years old, she and Pippen got married, and the couple stayed together longer than he had ever been with another woman.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Bobby Metelus | Scottie Pippen and Larsa Pippen attends The Gentlemen?s Supper Club a Private Dinner hosted by Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony during NBA All-Star Weekend 2015 at The Catch on February 14, 2015 in New York, New York.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Bobby Metelus | Scottie Pippen and Larsa Pippen attends The Gentlemen?s Supper Club a Private Dinner hosted by Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony during NBA All-Star Weekend 2015 at The Catch on February 14, 2015 in New York, New York.

For twenty-one years, the pair were happily married but eventually agreed in getting divorced in 2018. From their relationship, the couple had four children: Scotty Jr. (2000), Preston (2002), Justin (2005), and Sophia (2008). Pippen has an estranged relationship with Larsa but seems to be quite close to his children.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Brad Barket | Larsa Younan and Scottie Pippen with their family attend The 64th NBA All-Star Game 2015 on February 15, 2015 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Brad Barket | Larsa Younan and Scottie Pippen with their family attend The 64th NBA All-Star Game 2015 on February 15, 2015 in New York City.


SCOTTY PIPPEN JR.

The oldest kid from Pippen’s last marriage has been making a name for himself playing college basketball for Vanderbilt, but his career started before that. Scotty Jr. played high school basketball in Los Angeles, where he was named an All-Area Team by the Los Angeles Times.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Matthew Maxey / Icon Sportswire | Vanderbilt Commodores guard Scotty Pippen Jr. (2) in a game between the Vanderbilt Commodores and South Carolina State Bulldogs, November 22, 2019, at Memorial Gym in Nashville, Tennessee.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Matthew Maxey / Icon Sportswire | Vanderbilt Commodores guard Scotty Pippen Jr. (2) in a game between the Vanderbilt Commodores and South Carolina State Bulldogs, November 22, 2019, at Memorial Gym in Nashville, Tennessee.


PRESTON PIPPEN

Preston is currently a recruit of the 2021 class at Sierra Canyon High School, where he plays basketball in the guard position, following his dad’s footsteps. His friends’ group will probably also be making the Hall of Fame, as he is close friends with Shaquille O'Neal's sons Shareef and Shaqir, and LeBron James' son LeBron Jr., Bronny. 


JUSTIN PIPPEN

Mixing his dad’s skills with his mother’s looks, Justin is both playing basketball as well as modeling for certain campaigns. He was part of a project called “Faces of the World”, which showcases portraits of children with upbringings that are outside of the norm.


SOPHIA PIPPEN

Sophia, unlike her older brothers, has chosen the path of modeling, and signed with Wilhelmina Models. The young girl has also made her debut on the screen when she competed on Dancing with the Stars: Juniors in 2018, but unfortunately, she was eliminated before the final.


SCOTTIE PIPPEN’S ON “THE LAST DANCE”

The Last Dance” is a documentary series that follows the legacy left behind by the Chicago Bulls’ Dream Team. But much has been left in the air, especially since Pippen has been quite silent about his representation on the series. Being a proud, gentle, and soft-spoken individual, Pippen seems to have gotten the shortest straw in the draw.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Steve Woltman / NBAE | Scottie Pippen #33, and Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls are seen smiling at the Chicago Bulls Championship Parade and Rally on June 16, 1997 at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Steve Woltman / NBAE | Scottie Pippen #33, and Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls are seen smiling at the Chicago Bulls Championship Parade and Rally on June 16, 1997 at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois.

Rodman has mentioned that Pippen should have been remembered as one of the best players of all time, "but no one could ever quite see him. He was too quiet, and he was always standing next to Michael Jordan." He continued that "Scottie was so underrated -- and so underpaid. He should be holding his head up higher than Michael Jordan [...]”.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Sam Forencich / NBAE | Scottie Pippen #33, and Dennis Rodman #91 of the Chicago Bulls are seen during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers on February 24, 1997 at the United Center in Chicago, IL.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Sam Forencich / NBAE | Scottie Pippen #33, and Dennis Rodman #91 of the Chicago Bulls are seen during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers on February 24, 1997 at the United Center in Chicago, IL.


LITTLE KNOWN FACTS ABOUT PIPPEN

Even though many reports have been made about Pippen, some things usually are kept in the dark. For instance, he was nicknamed “No Tippen’ Pippen”, as he almost never tipped in restaurants. In fact, Sports Illustrated called Pippen one of the three biggest ‘skinflints’ of the NBA in an issue in the 90s.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kevin Mazur | Scottie Pippen attends the 69th NBA All-Star Game at United Center on February 16, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kevin Mazur | Scottie Pippen attends the 69th NBA All-Star Game at United Center on February 16, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois.

One of the reasons why Pippen was never offered a scholarship was due to his heigh standing at 6'1" in high school. Luckily, during his senior year, he experienced a 7-inch growth spurt, which allowed him to earn a post in the team and become the amazing player we all know today.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Fu Tian / China News Service / Visual China Group | American former basketball players Scottie Pippen attends Nike jersey launch event ahead of FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 on August 8, 2019 in Beijing, China.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Fu Tian / China News Service / Visual China Group | American former basketball players Scottie Pippen attends Nike jersey launch event ahead of FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 on August 8, 2019 in Beijing, China.


WHAT IS SCOTTIE UP TO KNOW?

At 54 years old, Pippen is an analyst for ESPN’s The Jump. Before that, he was working as a special advisor to the Chicago Bulls, however, the NBA star reported that he was fired from this position back in February. “I got fired this year. I didn’t really want it to be in the public,” he told TMZ Sports.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Noah Graham / NBAE | NBA Analysts, Rachel Nichols and Scottie Pippen talk before the game between the Golden State Warriors and the Philadelphia 76ers on March 7, 2020 at Chase Center in San Francisco, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Noah Graham / NBAE | NBA Analysts, Rachel Nichols and Scottie Pippen talk before the game between the Golden State Warriors and the Philadelphia 76ers on March 7, 2020 at Chase Center in San Francisco, California.

The NBA All-Start certainly has made a name for himself, and we can only imagine how much more famous he would be if he was confident and outspoken enough to speak up about his rights. Nonetheless, Pipper will forever be remembered as one of the best players in the world. 

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