In July, Shaquille O'Neal and Scottie Pippen went back and forth on social media about whether the five best Los Angeles Lakers players would beat the five best Chicago Bulls. The best ever Chicago Bulls player and current Charlotte Hornets owner, Michael Jordan weighed in with his opinion at his basketball camp in Santa Barbara, California (via ESPN):
What did I think about when Shaq said that the all-time five of the greatest Lakers could beat the Bulls' five greatest players?
"I just felt like he was just talking. It's a debate. The thing is that we would never know. I think we would have killed them. He thinks they would have killed us. You guys decide. It's just a debate."
Jordan may think differently, but it is hard to see a team starting Shaq, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor, Kobe Bryant, and Magic Johnson losing to just about any other team in the history of basketball, even Jordan and his best Bull's teammates plus Derrick Rose.
While which team would win is arguable, what is not arguable is the certainty that Kobe is getting asked about this on Media Day when Lakers training camp kicks off on September 29th.