Michael Jordan got the chance to go head-to-head against Kobe Bryant, but never under ideal conditions allowing us to accurately determine who indeed is the greatest shooting guard in history.
And who, just maybe, is the greatest basketball player to ever grace the face of the earth.
Sadly, we'll never get the chance to know for sure.
But as His Airness reminded us during one of his commercials, we are free to imagine the unimaginable.
The prospect of seeing Kobe and MJ play one-on-one in their primes is the inspiration behind this list of the 50 clashes we would absolutely love to see.
Our goal was to create intriguing matchups by pairing players with similar size, skills and style of play while crossing the many generations of NBA basketball.
The list features plenty of superstars, Hall of Famers and basketball icons.
It also includes a handful of clashes that simply would be downright entertaining.
The most important thing to remember is this idealized scenario would take place with the players in the prime of their careers.
After all, nobody wants to see Michael Jordan wearing a Wizards' uniform take on Kobe with a balky right knee.
Here's a look at 50 of the best one-on-one pairings we would love to see and which players would come out victorious.