Karl Malone leaves Michael Jordan out of his all-time starting five

NBA team owner Michael Jordan announces that the Charlotte Bobcats will change their name and branding to the Charlotte Hornets starting in the 2014 2015 season at Time Warner Cable Arena. (Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports)

Michael Jordan was no where to be found on Karl Malone’s all-time starting five. (Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports)

Karl Malone called into The Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday, and what he had to say might be surprising to more than a few basketball fans out there.

After winning six rings with the Chicago Bulls (and beating Malone’s Jazz twice in the NBA Finals), Michael Jordan was no where to be found among Malone’s all-time starting five.

The 100-point man, Wilt Chamberlain, came in at center, and Malone’s Utah teammate John Stockton would be his dream team point guard. Still dominating, LeBron James is his power forward, Oscar Robertson made the cut at shooting guard and there was a Bulls player on the list — but it was not the man with the massive statue in front of the United Center in the Windy City.

“Scottie Pippen led the team in every statistical category when he was there without Michael Jordan,” Malone said.

We’re not going to hate on Malone. As much as we might be tempted to do it, we’re just not going to. Instead, let’s just go straight to the video. Fast forward to approximately the 4:30-minute mark for the conversation on Malone’s all-time starting five.

[H/T: CSN Chicago]