SUPERMAN and Robin are still at it.
Shaquille O’Neal has called former Chicago Bul Scottie Pippen a “bum” in the latest round of an ongoing online and very public spat between the two former NBA stars.
O'Neal said he felt disrespected by Pippen’s remarks in an Instagram war a week ago that started after the outspoken big man said an all-time Lakers team would beat an all-time Bulls team by 50 points.
Speaking via his podcast on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time), O'Neal pointed out that he wasn't trying to start anything when he saw the picture online, took it and said the Lakers would win by 50 points.
"I didn't say, 'Hey Scottie Pippen we'll beat you guys by 50. Hey Rodman...I just said I'll beat you by 50. Now, he made it personal when he said, 'Oh hey Shaq, hey 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,” said the four-time NBA champion.
Even as he acknowledged Pippen as a “a great player,” O'Neal said he and the longtime teammate of Michael Jordan weren’t on the same level. “I'm the bridge, he's the water. He will always be under me."
Maintaining that Pippen cannot disrespect him, O'Neal pointed the success of the former Chicago Bull to another Hall of Famer.
“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 out the scouting report. You wasn't even a factor in the scouting report. It's all about Mike. You double Mike, Scottie was open, Scottie hit a couple of shots."
O'Neal said he can call Pippen a “bum” because he was the better NBA player and that Pippen spent most of his career as a sidekick to Jordan in Chicago.
"Don't be acting towards me like you're somebody when I know who you really are. You're Robin. You're not Batman. You're not Puffy, you're Mase," he said. "So don't act like you're the Dun Dada. Cause you're not."
"You not the man, you've never been the man," O’Neal spoke of Pippen. "When Mike left, you didn't do nothing. Only thing you did was cry and whine when Phil (Jackson) didn't give you the last shot. He gave it to Toni Kukoc, who was a much better player than you."