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Shaq’s Instagram challenge: Name better NBA duo than he and Kobe

Shaquille O’Neal took to Instagram on Tuesday to challenge pro basketball heads on social media to come up with an NBA duo that could beat he and Kobe Bryant in a game of 2-on-2, presumably from their heyday as Los Angeles Lakers teammates.

The question was asked Name a duo that could beat SHAQ AND KOBE in a two on two matchup,” Shaq writes in the post. “Well I’m waiting. Don’t hold back. Players have to be on the same team.”

O’Neal’s social media challenge became a widely popular post, amassing over 1.1 million views and nearly 17,000 comments as Wednesday morning. Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen not surprisingly was a popular response, as was Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The duo of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade during their Miami Heat days also was thrown out there several times, a sensible suggestion, indeed.

Some unorthodox, yet compelling, suggestions were also thrown into the mix, including Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp from those dominant Seattle Supersonics squads. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce from the Boston Celtics’ championship squad also was offered up as a possibility. Interestingly, another person suggested Kevin Durant and Draymond Green, kicking Golden State Warriors teammate and two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry to the curb.

And then there were the customary social media wisenheimers, who suggested duos like Brian Scalabrine and Kendrick Perkins as well as Ben McLemore and Kosta Koufos. Funny stuff.

Still, despite some worthwhile and compelling possible duos — with some snarky suggestions thrown in as well — odds are no one is going to convince Shaq that there never has been — nor will there ever be — a pair of NBA teammates, past or present, who could best the dynamic duo of Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant during their primes.