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' Steph Curry says 'no setbacks' in rehab from broken left hand

Warriors' Steph Curry says 'no setbacks' in rehab from broken left hand

It’s the question that has been on the minds of many Warriors fans over the past few months: When will star point guard Steph Curry return to the lineup?

Curry has been out since Oct. 30 after suffering a broken left hand in a loss to the Phoenix Suns.

During his sideline analyst debut in Saturday night’s matchup against the Orlando Magic, Curry provided a vague look into his rehabilitation process.

"Rehab is going great, every day is tough,” Curry told Kelenna Azubuike and Bob Fitzgerald. “When you're hurt and we've all been there in some way shape or form, its a grind, everyday kind of being monotonous with the little strength workouts you have to do, and you understanding that it takes time and patience to get back to 100%.”

While details were limited, Curry did provide one positive nugget Warriors fans can cling to.

“I've been making progress,” Curry explained. “No setbacks which is definitely encouraging to get back to 100% as soon as possible."

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That date can’t come soon enough in a season that has been rife with bad news for fans of the Warriors.

Warriors make good on Steph Curry's guarantee of win over Magic


Warriors make good on Steph Curry's guarantee of win over Magic

He spoke it into existence.

Before signing off of his sideline analyst debut during Saturday night’s Warriors game against the Orlando Magic, Warriors star Steph Curry guaranteed a win for the Dubs and said he was looking forward to the postgame celebration.

Steve Kerr and the rest of the Warriors decided to make good on Steph’s promise and pulled away late in a 109-95 victory.

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The Warriors are undefeated when Curry joins the broadcast as an analyst, perhaps he should come around more often.