What many do not know, Scottie Pippen is also a book author.
In 1997, Pippen, who was then fighting for the sixth title in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls, published a children's book entitled "Reach Higher".
On 40 pages, the basketball star encourages children to tackle higher goals, no matter what obstacles and obstacles stand in their way.
Pippen's son Antron also strived for higher things - especially in basketball.
He shares his love for the sport with his father, but never made the big breakthrough.
This was mainly due to health problems, said Scottie Pippen on Instagram.
The reason for his lines was the sad news that his son died at the age of 33.
"I am heartbroken to have to announce that yesterday I said goodbye to my firstborn son Antron," writes Pippen about several pictures that show him together with his eldest Filius.
The 55-year-old gave no further information about the exact cause of death, but emphasized: "I really believe that he would have made it into the NBA if he hadn't suffered from chronic asthma."
But his son never let that get him down, Pippen continued: “Antron remained positive and worked hard - and I'm so proud of the man he became.” With him, “a kind heart and a beautiful soul are much too died early ”, said the grieving father.
"I love you, son, may you rest peacefully until we meet again."
Pippen has already lost a daughter
During his career, Antron Pippen played for the renowned Texas A&M International University, among others.
The comparisons with his famous father accompanied him from childhood.
"I'm used to the expectations," he once assured the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a high school player.
“When I was younger, that bothered me.
I tried to show people that I can play. ”He was very proud of his father, but he could only be himself, emphasized the 1.80 meter tall guard.
His step brother Scotty Pippen Jr.
is currently running for Vanderbilt University.
Scottie Pippen (r.) Watches a Vanderbilt Commodores game
Source: Getty Images / Brett Carlsen
Scottie Pippen, who won a total of six NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls and superstar Michael Jordan, also asked for prayers for Antron's friends, his entire family and his mother Karen, with whom Pippen briefly lived in the late 1980s was married.
For the eight-time father Pippen, it is not the first family tragedy.
His daughter Tyler Roby Pippen died in 1994 at the age of just nine days.
His father Preston suffered a severe stroke at an early age, which made him a need for care.
One of his brothers was paralyzed after an accident in school sports, said Pippen in the Netflix series "The Last Dance".