Karl Malone must be getting a little funny in the head during his retirement because he just said he would rather have Scottie Pippen on his team than Michael Jordan.
Malone was on the Dan Patrick Show discussing the Dream Team, and Patrick asked him which member of the iconic team he would choose to play alongside him—Patrick let him off the hook by saying he couldn't choose John Stockton.
Comcast's Aggrey Sam transcribed his response:
I would have to start my team with Scottie Pippen. This is why I would take Scottie: Do you remember the time that Michael retired? I watched Scottie Pippen when the Chicago Bulls weren't really good and Scottie led that team in every statistical category, and I just remembered that.
Plus, he's a guy who could care less about scoring. He wants to stop the best player on the other team. That would have been pretty cool, to see Scottie guarding Michael.
It would be pretty cool to see Scottie guarding Michael, but wouldn't that be more fun when Jordan was on your team?
Also, Malone wouldn't have to worry about Jordan guarding him. This doesn't seem like a problem since Malone was a power forward and Jordan was a shooting guard, but it most definitely was a problem.
In that iconic clip is everything you need to know that the only answer to the question that Patrick posed to Malone is Michael Jordan.
Malone's comments were
The guy made the plays when he had to. It didn't matter if that was making a shot, pass, steal or push off. Whatever needed to be done, he did it. The quickest way to a championship would be to have Michael Jordan on the roster (player, not front office).
This is nothing against Pippen. He is a fabulous player—one of the greatest ever—but he is no Jordan. Of course, Malone may have felt that Pippen would be a better fit with him because Malone would want to be the primary scorer, but come on, this is Jordan we are talking about!
Malone still would have gotten his share of shots, and he would have gotten the championships that Jordan kept him from.