Toni Kukoc says that if Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal had ever teamed up together, it would simply not be fair for the rest of the league.
Michael Jordan is widely regarded as being the greatest player in the history of the NBA. While Shaquille O’Neal doesn’t share the same honor, he’s no slouch as he’s perhaps the most dominant player the league has seen since Wilt Chamberlain in the 1960s.
Both Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal share 10 championships in total, with one another and 9 Finals MVPs. The two were also the last superstars to 3-peat in our league, with Jordan doing it twice in the 90s and Shaq having done it once in the early 2000s alongside a young Kobe Bryant on the Los Angeles Lakers.
Given just how proficient they were on the offensive end of the floor, especially in their primes, there is no question that they would be the greatest duo of all time if they had ever teamed. At least, that’s what Toni Kukoc believes to be true.
Toni Kukoc reveals how Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal would be together on the same team.
The closest both Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal got to being teammates was on the NBA Eastern Conference All-Star team for a couple years. Here, NBA fans were given mere glimpses of what could’ve been if the two had ever teamed up. According to Kukoc, it wouldn’t even be fair for the rest of the league.
“It would be the best lineup ever assembled. It wouldn’t even matter who brings the ball up. There’s so much firepower there that I don’t think that there would be any team that would compete with them. It wouldn’t be fair,” said the 2021 Hall of Famer.
Shaq & MJ on ’90s Bulls would be ‘BEST lineup ever assembled’ Hall of Famer Toni Kukoc tells me.
“It wouldn’t even matter who brings the ball up. There’s so much firepower there that I don’t think that there would be ANY team that would compete with them.”
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Michael Jordan won 6 championships without ever having a center make the All-Star team. Shaquille O’Neal won 3 straight with an inexperienced Kobe Bryant in his early 20s. If Shaq and Mike ever found themselves to be on the same team in the 1990s, as Toni Kukoc said, it simply wouldn’t be fair.