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Shaquille O’Neal on Scottie Pippen beef: ‘I don’t let bums disrespect me’

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Shaquille O’Neal dropped the metaphorical hammer on Scottie Pippen during a podcast on Monday, calling the Chicago Bulls great a “bum” after the two engaged in a bitter war on social media last week.

The back-and-forth between the two former NBA superstars that devolved from a debate over who would win in a game between lineups of the five-best Los Angeles Lakers players and five-best Chicago Bulls players was as entertaining to onlookers as it was contentious for the combatants.

O’Neal contended that the Lakers squad would whip the Bulls lineup by 50 points, an observation met with great derision by Pippen. While it’s not uncommon for a professional athlete to mix it up with fans or even media members on social media, it’s relatively rare for two superstars with such remarkable respective pedigrees to engage in such snarky and abrasive online verbal battles.

O’Neal appears to have gotten in the final word by lowering the boom on Pippen during Monday’s weekly installment of “The Big Podcast with Shaq.”

As transcribed by Dime Mag:

First of all, everybody has an opinion about who’s the greatest team, blah, blah, blah. And it’s okay to have an opinion!

… Now he made it personal when he said, “Oh, at Shaq. Hey, I don’t believe in hypotheticals.” So he swung first, and I’m gonna swing second and I’m gonna swing last.

Because I don’t let bums disrespect me. 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 and get to the same level as the bridge, but when reality kicks in, I am bridge, he is water. He is under me.

Scottie Pippen can’t disrespect me. So he comes at me, I’m coming back. And we can do this all day, ’cause I have nothing to do.

Shaq may have been notched a battle victory with that smack-talk salvo, but has he won the war? We’ll have to wait and see if and when Pippen responds. Let’s hope so.