How Kavion Pippen is trying to make his own name in Warriors tryout


How Kavion Pippen is trying to make his own name in Warriors tryout

"I wouldn't want to be you guys if I had to, because of all the expectations that you have to deal with."

Michael Jordan said a lot of memorable stuff during his infamous Hall of Fame speech a decade ago. Early on, he made it clear that, while his children appeared to live enviable lives, they did not in many ways.

Jordan won six NBA championships alongside fellow Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen. Just like Jordan, Pippen has younger relatives -- basketball players, in fact -- who had no choice but to grow up in his shadow.

Pippen's nephew, Kavion, is a 6-foot-10 center who recently signed with the Warriors. Much like Jordan's children, he must define his own persona outside of his notable last name.

"He was a big part of my life,” Kavion said of his uncle (via the Mercury News). “I looked up to him. Everyone in my area looked up to him. He was like a figure everyone looked up to and wanted to be, so it helped me out and he was kind of the father figure that I looked up to."

Scottie was a top-10 draft pick coming out of Central Arkansas. Kavion was recruited by his uncle's alma mater, but opted to attend junior college before choosing to play at Southern Illinois. It was a conscious decision to allow him to create his own separate identity.

"Just be my own person," Kavion said. "Not focus on my last name."

After going undrafted in 2019, Kavion now finds himself with a great opportunity in Golden State. With injuries to Willie Cauley-Stein, Kevon Looney and rookie Alen Smailagic, the Warriors needed some big-bodied reinforcements.

Enter Pippen.

"The big thing is we’re just so beaten up at the center spot, so we need him to help us get through camp,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Tuesday of Pippen. “He’s a young and athletic kid. He’s been here two days now, so he’s six or seven days behind, but he’s trying to get acclimated as quickly as possible. We need him because we hardly have enough bodies. It’s great experience for him."

Before signing with the Warriors, Kavion's uncle gave him some advice.

"He said, ‘Focus in. Attain as much knowledge from the veterans here, and just play hard and get better,'" Kavion recalled.

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While Pippen's chances of making the Warriors' regular-season roster are quite slim due to their salary cap restrictions, he is enjoying the opportunity nonetheless.

"Just to be here is eye-opening. It is so, so amazing. I can’t believe it,” he said. “It still seems like all a dream."

Warriors vs. Kings live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

Warriors vs. Kings live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

As Warriors fans prepare for the reintroduction of Steph Curry, Steve Kerr's group is preparing to face the red-hot Kings. 

The Kings exited the All-Star break needing to rack up the Ws to get back in the playoff picture. After wins over the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers, the Kings are starting to believe they can make a run at the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference. 

The Warriors will look to blunt their momentum Tuesday night at Chase Center. With Curry reportedly set to return Sunday, the Dubs would love to start picking up a bit of positive momentum before Curry laces them back up. 

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Here’s how you can watch Warriors-Kings on NBC Sports Bay Area:

When: Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. PT, pregame begins at 6:30 p.m.
TV channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
Live stream: MyTeams App

Warriors vs. Kings watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage


Warriors vs. Kings watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Warriors haven't done much winning lately at Chase Center. On Tuesday, they'll hope to break the trend against the Kings.

Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30 p.m. PT with tipoff scheduled for 7:30. Kings coverage begins on NBC Sports California at 7 p.m.

The Warriors have lost six straight games entering Tuesday's matchup, including their last six at Chase Center. In their last matchup against the Kings, the Warriors put together their worst performance of the season, losing by 21 points in a game where both teams committed a combined 57 turnovers on the evening. 

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The contest comes one day after Kobe Bryant's memorial, which was attended by many members of both clubs, including Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Kings coach Luke Walton. 

Tuesday's game is the latest tune-up before Curry returns to the lineup. Curry reportedly will return against the Washington Wizards on March 1.


F Andrew Wiggins
F Draymond Green
C Kevon Looney
G Damion Lee
G Jordan Poole

F Harrison Barnes
F Nemanja Bjelica
C Harry Giles
G Bogdan Bogdanovic
G De'Aaron Fox


Warriors: Draymond Green (Right Pelvic Contusion), Marquese Chriss (Left calf soreness) are questionable. Klay Thompson (left ACL rehabilitation), Steph Curry (left-hand fracture) are out. 

Kings: Marvin Bagley III (Left Foot Soreness), Richaun Holmes (Right Shoulder Soreness) are out. 


Warriors: Andrew Wiggins struggled in Sunday's loss, shooting just 3-of-16 from the field. New 10-day player Dragan Bender also struggled, finishing 2-of-8  from the field in 20 minutes. However, Oakland-native Juan Toscano-Anderson scored a career-high 16 points on Sunday.

Toscano-Anderson is coming along nicely since signing for the rest of the season, averaging 7.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in his first five games. The Warriors have used 28 starting lineups, which is the most since the 2009-10 season. 

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Kings: Former Warriors forward Harrison Barnes has vowed to not cut his hair until Sacramento gets back to .500. At the moment, the Kings are making a good case for Barnes to visit a barbershop, winning six of their last nine games. De'Aaron Fox has played great since returning from an ankle injury, averaging 21.4 points, 7.3 assists and four rebounds over his last 24 games. 

Officials: Marc Davis (#8), Ben Taylor (#46), Leon Wood (#40)