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Posted April 02, 2013 - 10:21 PM

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Shaquille O'Neal always has prodded Dwight Howard, if not overtly criticized him.

Why? The Big Aristotle provided a Big Reveal before returning to Los Angeles to have his Lakers jersey retired Tuesday at halftime against Dallas.

"I love Dwight and I see his potential. Hopefully, when I say these things he gets mad," O'Neal said in an interview. "Just think about it. At the dunk contest, he dunked on that thing when it was 15 feet. Remember that? OK, so why can't you back people down (in the post)? Because if you think I didn't play against great centers, he's not playing against nobody, you know what I mean?

"So he should be able to back people down and jump-hook them to death. That's why I envision in him as a player."

 

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Howard actually jammed on a 12-foot hoop while wearing a Superman cape in the 2009 dunk contest, but why stop O'Neal? He was on a roll.

"Same thing Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar] did to me, the same thing Wilt [Chamberlain] did to me," O'Neal said. "I can remember one time reading an article and I'm averaging 37 [points] in the playoffs and we lose and somebody asks Kareem, 'Hey, what do you think about Shaq? He's a great player.' And Kareem says, 'Yeah, he's OK, but he hasn't won any championships.' I didn't respond, I didn't cry, I just stepped up and got to the next level. So I'm always going to stay on [Howard] because I actually see him being one of the best Lakers ever if he steps up."

Howard has listened to O'Neal's critiques over the years — and has his own rebuttal.

"I understand he thinks making me mad in that kind of way is going to push me, but I just feel like if he wants to do that the best way to go about it is to come talk to me personally," Howard said. "Because when it gets out to the public, they just view it that we just have this big feud going on and that's not fair to me or him. I just think that he should come to me man to man and say, 'Hey, this is how I feel.' "

If Howard wants O'Neal to stop pestering him, there are some things he can do. They're outlined by O'Neal, of course.

"Right now he's averaging 16 points. From one big man to another, that's not enough," O'Neal said. "He should average 28. He should probably get like three shots a quarter. He should get four points a quarter, there goes 16 points right there. Now you need to get me four offensive rebounds and put them back, there goes another eight points. And when he gets to the free-throw line 10 times, I need you to make five. That's [29] points right there. That's how my system works. My system was seven points a quarter. If I didn't give people 28 and 10, I felt like a failure. I was getting doubled, fronted and backed and all that. He's not getting any of that. So he needs to step up and really, really dominate."

Howard would like to remind O'Neal, however, that this is 2013.

"The rules are different," Howard said. "When Shaq played, you could be more of a bulldozer down in the paint. Nowadays, you see it, if I hit somebody just a little bit, they call offensive foul. Plus, I'm 6 [feet] 9, 6-10. If I could play the way he played, it would be a lot of fun."

Unlike O'Neal, Howard doesn't always see the ball in crunch time. In six Lakers losses last month, he had a total of five shots in the fourth quarter.

 

"You can't do it by yourself," O'Neal said. "You need that 1-2 punch or that 1-2-3 punch a la Miami and a la what Boston did. He'll get his points, but it isn't about points. It's about seeing how many rings you can get."

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Posted April 03, 2013 - 04:28 AM

Nice to see thew get a bit of clarity.

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Posted April 03, 2013 - 07:30 AM

Shaq is spot on about the treatment he received from the vet centers when he was a rook.

Shaqs 1st NBA game in 1993 season he dominated.

31 mins

17-24 FG

8-13 FT

42 pts

12 reb

1 blk.

 

The next day Hakeem, Ewing, Robinson were all talking crap about him.

Thats the nature of the beast. Theres a ritual hazing so to speak. The old vets diss the up and comers who they know one day will take their place as the elite. Then years later they all retire and hang out at the 50 greatest ever to play alumni functions.


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Posted April 03, 2013 - 07:55 AM

k shaq's more annoying than the greats tho and howards a girl either way for letting shaq affect him so much


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Posted April 03, 2013 - 08:47 AM

Shaq is spot on about the treatment he received from the vet centers when he was a rook.

Shaqs 1st NBA game in 1993 season he dominated.

31 mins

17-24 FG

8-13 FT

42 pts

12 reb

1 blk.

 

The next day Hakeem, Ewing, Robinson were all talking crap about him.

Thats the nature of the beast. Theres a ritual hazing so to speak. The old vets diss the up and comers who they know one day will take their place as the elite. Then years later they all retire and hang out at the 50 greatest ever to play alumni functions.

 

 

That would make sense, but it's not dwights rookie year...


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Posted April 03, 2013 - 10:13 AM

why doesnt shaq just take him under his wing during the summer...


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Posted April 03, 2013 - 10:51 AM

i think dwight will be so much better next season if he stays


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Posted April 03, 2013 - 11:06 AM

why doesnt shaq just take him under his wing during the summer...

you can't teach someone to be 7'1 300 pounds



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Posted April 03, 2013 - 12:30 PM

Dwight and Shaq are totally different players


Edited by epicwolf, April 03, 2013 - 12:33 PM.

MDA is an offensive genius. I hope he sticks to his guns and keeps doing what he does best: Run and Gun. That's the only way to coach.





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