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Many people often wonder how a one-on-one between Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan would end, but how about a two-on-two, with Shaquille O’Neal and Scottie Pippen by their side?
During an hour-long interview Bryant did with Jimmy Kimmel last week, the chat show host asked Kobe which dynamic duo would win a two-on-two. Bryant says it’s Shaq and himself – no question:
“We would win. We would win that, just ‘cus Shaq – I joke around, but the guy was an absolute force, man. The stretch from 2000 to 2003, this guy was doing something that you hadn’t seen in the history of the game. I mean, NBA Finals averaging 40 and 15, it was like, he was doing some pretty supernatural stuff, man.
So, that match-up [versus Jordan and Pippen] just wouldn’t work out just ‘cus of him.”
Kobe’s right. Take away the Bryant and Jordan comparisons – they mean nothing here. As Kobe points out, Shaq was just so, so dominant in his prime and Jordan and Pippen just wouldn’t have the size to stop the enormous big man. In fact, not many people could.
Then again, even though he was one of the most dominant players in NBA history, Shaq wouldn’t have won three straight championships back in the day without Bryant at his side.