When asked would be the starting five of their all-time best NBA team, most people would automatically name the great Michael Jordan as their first pick. But, some NBA legends wouldn’t.
Phil Jackson recently said he’d choose Bill Russell as his top pick, simply from the amount of championships under his belt. And most recently, when asked a similar question, NBA legend Karl Malone left MJ off his starting five altogether.
During an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show, Malone named: John Stockton and Oscar Robertson as his guards, Wilt Chamberlain at center, LeBron at power forward and Scottie Pippen at small forward. That’s right: no Jordan… at all.
“Scottie Pippen led the team in every statistical category while he was there without Michael Jordan,” Malone explained. “That’s why I have to put him there. So now you know.”
One note, if you didn’t notice, Malone didn’t name himself…. and he did say the exactly same thing during an interview in 2012.