Shaquille O’Neal’s Lakers beats Bulls prediction only off by 50 points
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Shaquille O’Neal has a mouth almost as big as his feet (size 22), so it shouldn’t surprise anyone he came up with a loudmouth boast the other day on Instagram, one that former Bulls star Scottie Pippen rose to like a bass to a wounded minnow.
Shaq posted photos of who he thinks are the five best players in history for both the Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers. Below that he wrote, ‘‘We would beat em by fifty.’’
Oh, brother. Can we say unprovable, endless, drunken bar room debate on par with ‘‘Who’s better: Hank Aaron or Willie Mays?’’
But good ’ol Scottie replied, ‘‘Sorry, but I don’t get caught up in hypotheticals. All I know is we won 6 titles, twice the amount you claimed while in LA.’’
Nicely done, fool. War of words on. Which is precisely what Shaq wanted. Think the guy’s bored not playing ball?
The Lakers fivesome — Elgin Baylor, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant and, of course, Shaq — is indeed an amazing one. And that’s not even including Wilt Chamberlain or Jerry West.
The Bulls group, per Shaq, is Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman, Horace Grant, Pippen and Derrick Rose. No center at all. Plus, a touch of myopia. Shaq’s too young to have heard of Hall of Famer Chet Walker or Artis Gilmore?
At any rate, this is an absurd argument because you can only put five players on the floor at a time, and there ain’t no time machine that could make Baylor or Abdul-Jabbar 25 again.
But here’s another reason for Shaq to put a (huge) cork in his mouth and theory, even though his ‘‘What you think? Let me know and don’t hold back’’ message makes it clear he welcomes smack-talking:
Michael Jordan would not lose a game — one that meant anything at all — by 50 points. Not to anybody. Not in basketball. Not on this planet.
He would take every shot if he had to. He would steal the ball from his own teammates. He would make Rodman hack Shaq so hard that the giant fellow wouldn’t even be able to live up to his pitiful free-throw shooting percentage, not with his eyeball hanging on his cheekbone.
The Bulls’ all-timers lose to the Lakers’ all-timers? Possibly. Maybe. Probably. Who knows.
But lose by 50?
Go ask Charles Barkley about it, Shaq. Or Phil Jackson, who coached both teams.