(Source) Karl Malone doesn’t choose himself when he names his all-time NBA starting five, but he also leaves another prominent Hall of Famer off the list. Michael Jordan. Appearing on the Dan Patrick Show, Malone said he would take Wilt Chamberlain at center, former Jazz teammate John Stockton at point guard, LeBron James at power forward and Oscar Robertson at shooting guard. Asked who would man the small forward position, Malone said: “I’m gonna shock the world. I have to put Scottie Pippen at the 3. Scottie Pippen led the team in every statistical category when he was there without Jordan.”
After the Bulls won three titles from 1991-93, Jordan walked away from baseball for over a season to pursue a baseball career. Pippen did star on some good Bulls teams, but Chicago went on to win three more crowns when Jordan returned. Patrick responded that Malone must have a man crush on Pippen to take him over his more celebrated Chicago Bulls teammate. “I have a man crush on LeBron James,” Malone responded. Malone is second all-time in career scoring behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who also didn’t make his list, and ahead of Jordan. But Jordan’s Bulls beat Malone’s Jazz in back-to-back Finals in 1997 and 1998.
How fucking bitter is Karl Malone? Jesus Christ dude, are you and Scottie in some weird pact where you just pretend MJ wasn’t the best player of all time? I mean you realize that just sounds patently ridiculous. To not put Michael Jordan, Michael Jeffrey Jordan, on your all time starting 5 basketball team? It’s not even borderline. You can’t even make a semi-legitimate case for it. It’s just being an old bitter man that realizes his only chance at a ring was stolen by the best there ever was. Grow up Karl. Go look at your MVP trophies that you won only because all the voters were sick of voting for MJ. I almost wish you had said this to MJ’s face, because then at least we would have gotten an impromptu 1 on 1, followed by a high stakes poker game and 36 holes of golf, all of which Jordan would have won.
Credit where credit is due, still one of the best nicknames of all time.
thanks to Brett for the tip