Malone snubs Jordan for Pippen?

Karl Malone and Michael Jordan were teammates on the 1992 Dream

Team, both are Hall of Famers considered to be among the best to

ever play in the NBA, and Jordan’s Chicago Bulls bested

Malone’s Utah Jazz in not one, but two NBA Finals in the

1990s.

So one would think there is probably a degree of mutual respect

between the two greats.

But in an interview Tuesday, the Mailman snubbed His Airness,

leaving him out when asked by Dan Patrick about which basketball

greats he would include in his all-time starting five —

instead opting to go with longtime Jazz teammate John Stockton,

Oscar Robertson, Wilt Chamberlain, LeBron James and Jordan’s Bulls

sidekick Scottie Pippen.

The snub of Jordan, considered by many to be the greatest player

of all time, came as a shock, of course — but it probably

shouldn’t have been

that surprising, given that Malone

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same question.

This time, Malone defended his selection by noting that,

“Scottie Pippen led the team in every statistical category

when he was there without Michael Jordan,” which is like

saying sausage is the best breakfast side dish when there’s

no bacon in the fridge.

In any case, Malone seemed to have changed his tune by Wednesday

morning, when he backtracked on his statements, both

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out from his account:

 

 

But knowing Jordan, who is one of the most competitive men the

sports world has ever seen, it’ll take more than a public mea

culpa to make him forget what Malone originally said, and

he’ll surely get him back eventually.

But in the meantime, he’ll be busy somewhere

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