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Byron Scott picks 80s Los Angeles Lakers to triumph over 90s Chicago Bulls – “l’ll take us against that Bulls team you know with MJ, Rodman, and Scottie"

Scott made the case one player on the Bulls was a complete non-factor on offense, and that would be the key to the Lakers win.
Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan and Los Angeles Lakers guard Magic Johnson

Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson

The "Showtime" Los Angeles Lakers of the 1980s and the Chicago Bulls of the 1990s are two of the most iconic teams in sports history. With a combined 11 NBA championships, these two teams dominated the league for nearly two decades. Now, former Lakers player and head coach Byron Scott has weighed in on who would win had these two teams faced off against each other in their prime. Unsurprisingly, Scott is picking his old team to come out on top.

Lakers vs. Bulls

In a recent episode of "The Byron Scott Podcast," the former Lakers coach was asked who would win if the '80s Lakers faced off against the '90s Bulls. Scott didn't hesitate to pick his old team citing its multifaceted offensive attack. The Bulls, on the other hand, employed Dennis Rodman, who was magnetic when it came to rebounds but allergic to shooting.

"You didn't have to guard Dennis Rodman. On our team and in the 80s, you had five guys on the court and all those guys could dribble, shoot, rebound, run. I mean it was a different style of basketball. When I look at our era compared to this era, you know I always think that we would have been very competitive as a basketball team," said Scott.

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The Showtime Lakers were one of the most dominant teams in NBA history. Led by Hall of Famers Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and James Worthy, the team won five championships in the 1980s.

"I still think we were one of the greatest teams that ever played the game, that was ever assembled. I'll take us against that Bulls team you know with MJ, Rodman, and Scottie," Scott added.

Bulls' opinion may differ

The 90s Bulls, of course, would have a different opinion. Led by Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Dennis Rodman, the team won six championships in the 1990s. They are widely considered as one of the greatest teams of all time and would no doubt give the Lakers a run for their money.

Ultimately, it's impossible to say who would win in a matchup between these two legendary teams. The Lakers and the Bulls had Hall of Fame caliber players and coaches, and both teams dominated their respective eras. It's fun to speculate, but we'll never know who would come out on top.

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