Shaq Says He and Kobe Would Beat LeBron and Anthony Davis

by January 07, 2020
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Shaquille O’Neal takes delight in questions that “can never be answered”: for example, who would win in a hypothetical matchup between himself and Kobe Bryant versus LeBron James and Lakers teammate Anthony Davis?

O’Neal, to no one’s surprise, picked himself and Bryant as the superior superstar duo.

Jimmy Fallon: “In your prime, do you think you can beat LeBron and AD? You and Kobe.”

O’Neal: “Do I think or do I know? I like having this conversation because of course, it can never be answered, but yes. The answer is yes. Hell yes. Hell yes. Of course. Because there’s only one contributing factor — who is going to guard me?”

Speaking of endless debates, Magic Johnson says James could overtake Michael Jordan as the NBA’s greatest player ever by winning “two or three” more titles.

Per Business Insider:

“For him to really catch Michael, it’s that next two or three championships,” Johnson said. “If he could get a couple more championships, then he’ll be probably the greatest that’s ever played.”

At the 29th Annual Achilles Gala in New York City, Johnson described James as “a special player” and said the four-time NBA MVP is “playing as well as I’ve ever seen him play” in his 17th year in the league.

“For me on my books right now, I would say Michael [Jordan] was the freakiest player in the game,” Johnson said. “He was the greatest to play on the floor because I couldn’t jump as high… But Michael going 6-0 in the NBA finals, oh man. That’s awesome.

“I went to the finals nine times in 12 years, but we only won five,” he added. “But I’ll take those five, trust me. As long as it was two more than Larry [Bird], that’s all I care about.”

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