Scottie Pippen faced great players during his career, going against big names like Dennis Rodman, Patrick Ewing, and more. None of them caused the same impression on Pippen as Shaquille O'Neal did.
During his best days, the former center was a force of nature, terrifying rivals wherever he went, including Pippen. The Chicago Bulls legend admitted in 2019 that the only player he feared guarding was the Big Diesel, given his combination of speed and strength (0:46).
“It was not fun playing against Shaq. I didn’t fear too many players during my career, but Shaq’s one of those guys that I feared, and the fact you had to come down and double team on him. He had the speed, the power, the spins," Scottie said in an old edition of ESPN's "The Jump."
“He was just a very difficult guy for us to defend as a team. Not for me as an individual, but I had to come down and double team. That was almost worse than guarding him because he would swing with his arms. Our whole gameplan was if you gonna double-team Shaq, you better get there before they get the ball in there because if you get there after, you’re just gonna be a part of a poster.”
Pippen even labeled Shaq as the most dominant player of all time, separating him from Michael Jordan. This man was a menace, and absolutely nobody stood a chance against him during his best days, not even Pippen.
“To me, Shaq was the most dominant. I would say Michael is probably the most unstoppable, but when you talk about dominant like we used to try to stop Shaq from running like that was kinda the gameplan. Don’t let Shaq run. Don’t even think about him getting the ball; just stop him from running. He gonna beat most of the players down the court.”
Even though they beefed after both players retired, their respect was there, and Pippen showed that with his comments. He knew Shaq was something else, and the center didn't hesitate to use all his power to beat his rivals.