Scottie Pippen recently opened up about his healing process following the death of his son Antron, who passed away at the age of 33 in April.
The 55-year-old former professional basketball player gave an exclusive interview to People this week, where he spoke about his state of mind following the untimely loss of his oldest child.
The star athlete shared his late son with his first wife, Karen McCollum, and previously made an announcement regarding Antron’s passing on his Instagram account.
Opening up: Scottie Pippen recently spoke about coping with the loss of his eldest son, Antron, who passed away this past April
Pippen told the media outlet that, although he is still coping with his eldest child’s passing, he has learned how to keep himself going in the aftermath of his tragic loss.
‘I’m good. I still have my moments of ups and downs, but I’m good. I will continue to gain strength because today there is none,’ he noted.
The former Chicago Bulls team member did point out that, although he missed his son greatly, he was committed to moving forward.
‘There’s never enough time. But I’ve managed, and I’ll continue to heal,’ the former athlete expressed.
Looking back: The former Olympian shared his late son with his first wife, Karen McCollum
Pippen then spoke about spending his first Father’s Day without Antron and recalled that he still made time to speak to his son’s children despite not being at home.
‘He noted: It was tough. I was kind of on the road. I did a camp back in Arkansas, so I wasn’t really around my kids. I spent it with my siblings in Arkansas. I was on the phone with [his children].’
The former Olympian welcomed his eldest child in 1987, a year prior to marrying McCollum.
The two went on to dissolve their union in 1989, and the athlete eventually married his second wife, Larsa, whom he divorced earlier this year.
Working through it: Pippen also recalled that he spent this past Father’s Day ‘on the road,’ although not having Antron around was ‘tough’ for him
Antron’s mother penned a brief message that was shared on her Instagram account following her son’s passing, where she expressed her grief regarding the loss of her child.
‘You’ve left me with so many wonderful memories that I will treasure daily. Your transition has left a huge gap in my heart and the pain is quite unbearable. I will miss you tremendously and my love for you is for ever,’ she noted.
Pippen also made a post to his Instagram account following Antron’s death, where he described his son as ‘faithful, humble and resilient’ and ‘loved by all who knew him.’
The athlete also took to his Twitter and wrote that his son had a ‘kind heart and beautiful soul,’ while also asking his followers to keep McCollum in their prayers.
Expressing grief: Following the death of her son, Antron’s mother wrote a message on Instagram where she noted that his passing ‘left a huge gap in my heart and the pain is quite unbearable’
Sending support: Pippen also took to his Twitter account following Antron’s death and asked his followers to keep McCollum in their prayers
The former professional basketball player has not commented on the cause of his eldest child’s death.
Pippen resolved to move on following his son’s passing and told the media outlet about the basketball prospects of his younger son, Scotty Jr, who recently declared for the upcoming 2021 NBA Draft.
The former Portland Trail Blazers team member spoke about his child’s dedication to his potential sports career and expressed that his son could always go back and hone his craft if he was not immediately selected by a team.
Going forward: Pippen also spoke about the athletic prospects of his younger son, Scotty Jr, who recently declared for the 2021 NBA Draft
‘I think he’s done a lot of work on preparing himself for his journey. I don’t know how far it’s going to take him, but he’s still got three years of eligibility if he decides to go back and get some more experience and develop some more,’ he expressed.
Pippen went on to remark that he was excited to have seen his son progress as an athlete and that he was hopeful about his future.
‘It’s been a long journey, watching him grow up as a kid. I’m enjoying it for him. This is an opportunity for him to grow and see what the next level is like,’ he said.