The Ultimate Showdown: Who Would Prevail in a 7-Game Series Between the All-Time Lakers and the All-Time Bulls?

Published March 10, 2023 at 7:06

The Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls are two of the most successful franchises in NBA history. With 23 championships between them and some of the greatest players ever to grace the hardwood, it's no surprise that fans often debate which team is the better of the two. In this article, we will take the best players from each franchise's history and put them against each other in a seven-game series, analyzing each matchup individually to see who comes out on top.

Johnson vs. Rose

The matchup between Magic Johnson and Derrick Rose is an intriguing one. Magic holds a clear advantage as both a playmaker and defender, and he will be able to pick apart any defense thrown at him on the perimeter. He will also be able to get Rose into the post and punish him as a scorer and playmaker. However, Rose's explosiveness and agility will make this matchup a lot closer than when we look at it through a biased lens.

Bryant vs. Jordan

This is the matchup that the fans came to see. Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan are two of the greatest players ever to grace the hardwood, and the similarities in their game were clearly evident. Jordan was the more physical and impactful defender, the more gifted scorer, and the far more efficient one at that. However, Kobe Bryant was the ultimate competitor, scorer, and defender, who presents a matchup issue in any lineup he was a part of. Jordan takes the advantage over Kobe in this matchup, but the team element makes it a closer contest.

James vs. Butler

This matchup favors the Lakers because of what it brings not only on an individual level but also on a team level. Adding LeBron James to Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant pairs one of the most talented scorers ever with the two greatest playmakers in NBA history. James is a threat as a scorer, passer, and defender, and it will be his scoring and playmaking that take center stage in this one. Jimmy Butler will have his work cut out for him as he takes on a much bigger and faster James, and the only hope for Butler will be the elite-level defense he plays on the ball against James.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar vs. Scottie Pippen

This will be another matchup that heavily favors the Lakers. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored over 38,000 career points with only ever making one three-pointer in his career, so you know where he will want to bring the game. There isn't much that Pippen can do at his size to try and stop Kareem's lethal skyhook or even fight him on the boards. However, Pippen will serve as a point forward for the majority of this matchup, forcing the big man to perhaps get out of his comfort zone away from the basket.

Shaquille O'Neal vs. Dennis Rodman

The matchup with Shaquille O'Neal and Dennis Rodman isn't as runaway as it would seem at first glance. Rodman will have no issues getting physical with O'Neal, and we have seen it before. O'Neal dominates from three feet and in as an unstoppable scorer and rebounder, but prime Shaq ran bulldozed some of the greatest bigs ever with relative ease. Rodman is no ordinary man, but neither is O'Neal.


The Lakers are clear favorites in this matchup as we break down each matchup, but the Bulls will surely be able to hold their own. The Lakers have a clear advantage in the frontcourt, with Kareem and Shaq going against Pippen and Rodman. The sheer size difference between the two duos is enough to give the advantage to the Lakers, but all-around skill also heavily favors the Lakers.

In Game Seven, the Lakers and Bulls would give everything they had left in the tank. The Lakers would rely heavily on Magic Johnson, who would be playing in his last game before retiring due to HIV/AIDS. Johnson would put together a masterful performance, finishing with 31 points, 15 rebounds, and 12 assists, capping off an incredible career. The Bulls would keep it close behind Jordan's 42 points, but in the end, the Lakers' frontcourt dominance would be too much to overcome. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar would put up 29 points and 11 rebounds, while Shaquille O'Neal added 28 points and 15 rebounds of his own. The Lakers would win the series 4-3, cementing their status as one of the greatest franchises in NBA history.

In this hypothetical matchup between the all-time Los Angeles Lakers and the all-time Chicago Bulls, the Lakers would come out on top in a seven-game series. While the Bulls have some incredible individual talent, particularly with Michael Jordan, the Lakers' frontcourt dominance and playmaking ability would be too much to overcome. With legends like Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, and LeBron James on their side, the Lakers would be a force to be reckoned with. Ultimately, it would be a hard-fought and intense series, but the Lakers would come out on top and add yet another championship to their storied history.
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The Ultimate Showdown: Who Would Prevail in a 7-Game Series Between the All-Time Lakers and the All-Time Bulls?

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