Former San Antonio Spurs center discusses his toughest match-up while comparing Hakeem Olajuwon to Shaquille O’Neal.
NBA Hall of Fame center David Robinson had some interesting thoughts about his playing career when we got the chance to sit-down with one of the NBA’s all-time class acts. Robinson is working with Pizza Hut to give away 1 million dollars to anyone who can sink a half-court shot backwards during Final Four Sunday April 5 at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Here are some of the questions and answers we asked Robinson.
Who was better Karl Malone or Charles Barkley?
"“I’d have to say Karl. He was remarkably steady. Charles was a force to be reckoned with most of the time, a Hall-of-Famer, but there were times when he was more trouble than he was worth.”"
Who would he have chosen to play with Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson?
"“With “Showtime” they loved to get the ball up and down the court and Magic loved to get the ball to the big man. He would be feeding me lobs and dunks all day long. Michael would be scoring 60, I’d have to go get the rebound.”"
On Jordan’s competitiveness:
"“I remember we were in the airport picking up our bags and Michael wanted to bet me his bags would come out first and I was like, why would I care? That was him though, always competing.”"
Jordan was known to pay-off baggage handlers to win bets on unsuspecting teammates like Robinson when they played together on the “Dream Team.” Good move not making that bet, David.
As for Hakeem Olajuwon and Shaquille O’Neal and who was tougher to play against?
"“Size wise Shaq was just a monster. You couldn’t move him. From a skills standpoint though, Hakeem had everything. If I’m starting a team that is probably the guy that I would start with.”"
Whether or not the age limit should be dropped so high school seniors can go straight to the NBA:
"“For 95-percent it is a terrible choice. Adults should be around to tell them to go to college. But, the option should be there.”"
You can listen to the entire interview below. To register and learn more about winning 1 million dollars at the final four by making a half-court shot backwards go to www.stuffedcrustshot.com.
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