Things are slow at this point in the NBA offseason. So of course Shaquille O’Neal tried to make something interesting…
Shots fired, Shaq!
Of course Bulls ambassador and NBA Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen stepped in to defend his team’s honor.
Sick burn, Scottie!
(Note: That is in “sarcasm font”)
The back and forth continued some more as Shaq photoshopped Scottie’s face into a T-Mobile sidekick, and Pippen has appeared to have the last laugh…for now.
My problem with this argument is that I don’t think the actual “all-time greats” are being represented. Shaq’s Lakers list may be correct: Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Elgin Baylor, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Shaq…although O’Neal could arguably be switched out for Wilt Chamberlain (and then not even be a part of this discussion).
The Bulls “all-time” team isn’t represented well though. MVP Rose, Michael Jordan, and Scottie are fine, but where are Chet Walker or Artis Gilmore? Walker and Gilmore rank 6 and 7 as Chicago Bulls all-time scores. Former Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan is 5th all-time in Bulls scoring. Rodman is the team’s all-time best rebounder, but Horace Grant…? Come on, Shaq.
Regardless of silly hypotheticals and superlatives, these “Fantasy” teams will never face off. Just fodder for talk shows across the country and sports blog circulation (like this one).