Shaquille O’Neal and Scottie Pippen’s careers didn’t intersect long enough for any true on-court rivalry to develop, but through the magic/curse of social media they have initiated a present-day kerfuffle.
SHAQ’S CAPTION: We would beat em by fifty "what you think". Let me know and don't hold back
Shaq started it all with the above Instagram post. The big guy posited that a Lakers’ squad comprised of Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Elgin Baylor, himself and Kareem Abdul-Jabaar would trounce a Bulls team featuring Derrick Rose, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and Horace Grant.
On ESPN First Take, both Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith concurred that Shaq’s all-time Lakers team, as assembled, would beat the Bulls. However, Bayless countered with an alternative Bulls lineup including defensive MVPs Artis Gilmore and Tyson Chandler, that he felt could defeat the Lakers lineup.
Pippen caught wind of Shaq’s boast, and an inane Instagram battle was born.
PIPPEN TAKES THE BAIT
PIP’S CAPTION: Sorry @shaq 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…
SHAQ’S CAPTION: Sorry @scottiepippen I don’t believe in hypotheticals either, but I seen most of those final you did ok , but this guy did most the work. #youwereok steve kerr and Ron harper deserve more credit than you , remember I WAS BATMAN YOU WAS ROBIN , I was PUFFY YOU WAS MASE…
PIPPEN MOCKS SHAQS FREE THROWS
PIP’S CAPTION: Easy big fella… if only you were as good at free throws as you are talking smack! @shaq
SHAQ CALLS PIPPEN A SIDEKICK
SHAQ’S CAPTION: Anybody need a T MOBILE SIDEKICK. I GOTTa PRETTY GOOD ONE #BESTSIDEKICKEVER
PIPPEN CALLS SHAQ A SIDEKICK
PIP’S CAPTION: Speaking of being a sidekick… if I recall correctly you know a thing or two about that as well. @shaq
SHAQ GETS NASTY…
SHAQ’S CAPTION: Go oust and get them sidekick edition Scottie pippen a exclusively on he’s a bum.com
SHAQ’S CAPTION: @SCOTTINA PIPPEN
PIPPEN CALLS TIME OUT
PIP’S CAPTION: Still going strong after 18 years! Happy anniversary @larsapippen
SHAQ GETS NOSTALGIC
SHAQ’S CAPTION: See what happens @scottiepippen when Michael Jordan ain’t protecting you, you lose a 17 pt lead in the fourth quarter. And this happens
PIPPEN DECLARES GAME OVER
PIP’S CAPTION: Game over, @shaq. All that’s ever mattered to me is winning and we did plenty of that in Chicago…
SHAQ KEEPS PLAYING…
SHAQ’S CAPTION: @scottiepippen yes THE GREAT MICHAEL JORDAN GOT YOU SIX RINGS , but you will always be remembered as MR 2nd FIDDLE. SECOND BEHIND HIM AND SECOND BEHIND ME. GAME AINT OVER TIL I SAY SO. stay in yo place. 6 time nba CHUMPION