Karl Malone says he'd rather start a team with Scottie Pippen than Michael Jordan

Published: Thursday, June 14 2012 6:39 p.m. MDT

Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Scottie Pippen, right, points to fellow inductee Karl Malone's short jacket sleeves during the enshrinement news conference at the Hall of Fame Museum in Springfield, Mass. Friday, Aug. 13, 2010. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Elise Amendola, AP

Our take: The Jazz's battles with the Chicago Bulls are legendary, but Jazz stars Karl Malone and John Stockton were Dream Team-mates with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. In a Wednesday appearance on the Dan Patrick Show, Malone explained why he'd rather start a team from scratch with Pippen on his side instead of MJ:

"I would have to start my team with Scottie Pippen," he said. "This is why I would take Scottie: Do you remember the time that Michael retired? I watched Scottie Pippen when the Chicago Bulls weren't really good and Scottie led that team in every statistical category, and I just remembered that. Plus, he's a guy who could care less about scoring. He wants to stop the best player on the other team. That would have been pretty cool, to see Scottie guarding Michael."

Read more about former Utah Jazz star Karl Malone choosing Scottie Pippen on Yahoo's Ball Don't Lie blog.

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