“Didn't shine light on Scottie Pippen's son like this”: Kendrick Perkins urges media to look beyond LeBron James’ son Bronny James’ hype train

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Bronny James talking to media during NBA Combine

Bronny James is projected to be a second-round pick. Regardless, media outlets are extensively covering the 19-year-old, giving him a superstar-like treatment. Kendrick Perkins recently pointed fingers at his crew, hoping to shun the narrative.

As his panel doubled on Bronny getting the advantage of being LeBron James' son, Kendrick Perkins said:

"We didn't shine the light on Scottie Pippen's son like this. We can't move the goalpost and feel like we're going to do it when it's convenient for us," Perkins argued.

Scottie Pippen was often regarded as one of the best players during his playing days. The 6'7 ft point small forward is mostly known for his Chicago Bulls tenure, where he spearheaded the franchise to 6 championships alongside Michael Jordan. Pippen was regarded as a Top-50 player in 1996 and was part of the NBA's pool of best 75 players in 2021.

However, his son, Scottie Maurice Pippen Jr. went undrafted in the 2022 drafts. The 6'1 point guard was a 2-time All-SEC player and came to the drafts with 2 seasons of recording at least 20 points and 4 assists. It was said that Pippen Jr. did not possess elite skills to be the talent pool's favorite; similar to what the majority of experts project for Bronny.

Bronny James wants to pave a path of his own

Bronny James' most criticized aspect comes from a dismal run with USC in the latest season. He averaged 4.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 25 games, shooting 36.6% from the field and 26.7% from the arc.

With that, many believe that Bronny would not have been encouraged for his 2024 draft declaration had LeBron James' influence not come into play. Moreover, there is also a narrative of James' ultimate desire to share the hardwood with his son. Nevertheless, after shocking the world with his 40.5-inch vertical and improved shooting touch from range, Bronny James radiated his true intentions.

"I just want to have people know my name is Bronny James and not be identified as just LeBron James' son," Bronny said during the combine.

The 19-year-old defensive guard is currently labeled as a mid-second-round pick, with many suggesting him to be a favorite for the Los Angeles Lakers' 55th pick.

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Edited by Chaitanya Prakash
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