Speaking about the feud on his podcast The Big Podcast with Shaq, O’Neal is still irate that Pippen dared question his career. O’Neal even went as far as to put himself in a higher echelon of players that Pippen isn’t a part of. From the 3:45 minute mark of O’Neal’s podcast (via Reddit): “I didn’t even make the picture. Some other little guy made the picture so I just took it. It was the five best Lakers and the five best Bulls and I said we’ll beat them by 50. That’s how I feel and I’m sticking to it. I didn’t say ‘Hey @ScottiePippen we will beat you guys by 50.’ ‘Hey @Rodman we will beat you guys by.’ I just said, I’ll beat you by 50.
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Now, he made it personal when he said, ‘@Shaq I don’t believe in hypotheticals.’ He swung first so I’m going to swing second and I’m going to swing last. Because I don’t let bums disrespect me. Yeah, he was a great player but I’m the bridge, he’s the water. He will always be under me. Every now and then he will rise to the occasion to get to the same level as the bridge but when reality kicks in, I’m bridge, he is water, he is under me. Scottie Pippen can’t disrespect me. He made it personal when he put @Shaq, we got six rings like he was the main focus of the six rings. You were not the main focus of the six rings. Don’t make me pull up the scouting report. You wasn’t even a factor on the scouting report. It was all about Mike.”
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Other than a change at head coach, after the Bulls parted ways with the hard-nosed Tom Thibodeau in favor of Fred Hoiberg, Chicago is coming back exactly as the team had been previously constructed. Does that mean there’s enough talent in place to contend for a title next season? “I think so,” Jimmy Butler told me, during an appearance at Jordan Brand’s First to Fly event in Las Vegas this past weekend. “As I’ve said before though, I think we can’t keep talking about what we’re capable of doing. I think we have to definitely do it. We do have the exact same roster, except for the addition of Bobby Portis, who’s our rookie. I think I like our chances.”
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