Chicago Bulls: Shaq has MJ-Pippen among top duos ever

Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant (Photo by LUCY NICHOLSON / AFP) (Photo by LUCY NICHOLSON/AFP via Getty Images)
Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant (Photo by LUCY NICHOLSON / AFP) (Photo by LUCY NICHOLSON/AFP via Getty Images) /

One of the best players in the modern era of the NBA, Shaquille O’Neal, had Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen of the Chicago Bulls in his top 5 duos ever.

One of the big discussions entering the 2019-20 NBA regular season was which of all of the great duos that were formed last offseason would come through when it mattered most. While the Chicago Bulls didn’t have one of those great duos last season, during the third year of the rebuild, they have had other great pairings of stars in the past that are worth noting.

And noting one of those great Bulls duos of the past is exactly what former former Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors small forward Dorell Wright did in a conversation on The Players Tribune with the former Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic Hall-of-Fame center Shaquille O’Neal this week. The duo conversation was something that Wright asked Shaq about in this interesting discussion.

Shaq named his top five best duos in NBA history, and one of those was a pair of all-time great Bulls players.

He named all-time great shooting guard Michael Jordan and forward Scottie Pippen among his top five duos. His other four included himself and the late and great Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Lakers, him and Penny Hardaway of the Magic, and LeBron James and Dwyane Wade of the Heat.

Most of the duos on Shaq’s list were from the modern era of the NBA, but he did have Magic and Kareem to throw it back a bit. Jordan and Pippen were the second oldest duo from the list of the top five from Shaq. And of course he had himself and a former teammate of his on two separate occasions in his own top five.

Maybe the likes of LeBron and Anthony Davis with the Lakers could soon break that list for Shaq?

The Lakers took the title this year in the NBA’s restart at the bubble in Disney World in a six-game series win over the Heat. It was a fun end to the season, and the 2020-21 regular season likely won’t begin too far into the future.

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Jordan and Pippen won six titles together during their hay day with the Bulls during the dynasty years of the 1990’s. They proved their value over the long haul in a big way, and could arguably be the best duo in NBA history.