Just when you thought the Shaquille O'Neal-Scottie Pippen feud was over, it has started up again.
Last week, the basketball world had a hard time keeping up with the Instagram-based feud that began when Shaq said the all-time Los Angeles Lakers team would beat the all-time Chicago Bulls squad by 50 points. Pippen took exception to that claim, noting that his Bulls won six championships in the 1990s.
There was plenty of back-and-forth between the two legendary players, but they eventually stopped going at it and seemingly moved on.
Well, the feud is back on.
On Monday's edition of The Big Podcast with Shaq, O'Neal explained what led to the situation playing out the way it did (around the 3:45 mark). He also stirred the pot more, as Ananth Pandian of CBS Sports relayed:
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.
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.
That's just a snippet of the Big Diesel's thoughts. Be sure to give the podcast a listen because he says so much more. It's definitely worth the time.
Given that Shaq emphasized the word "bum," Pippen is likely to respond at some point. And we will once again have a war of words on our hands.