by Micah Hart
With Shaquille O’Neal retiring, we will certainly miss his on-court talents. He was truly one of the most dominant players in NBA history in his prime and still a potential difference-maker well into his twilight. And while his game will be missed, the good news is that Shaq was just as incredible off the court as he was on it, and I don’t imagine he’ll be retiring from the limelight any time soon.
As he embarks on whatever post-career plans he has (I am biased, of course, but I’m hopeful he’ll join the Inside the NBA family at TNT), let’s reflect on some of his greatest hits from over the years:
Shaq was a big kid at heart, and to me one of his most lasting legacies was his ability to rope his fellow NBA players into participating in things that might make them look silly at first glance. His organizing of an impromtu pop-n-lock competition with LeBron James and Dwight Howard at the 2007 All-Star practice session illustrates that perfectly.
The Diesel may have been the largest person (in terms of height and weight) to ever play in the NBA, but that doesn’t mean he was a plodder like many of his fellow behemoths. Shaq had some moves on the dance floor, and he was rarely shy about showing them off, like he does here in his memorable dance off with Justin Bieber.
And as mentioned yesterday, who will ever forget his intro at the 2009 All-Star game (which was ultimately Shaq’s last All-Star Game)?:
That wasn’t it though — Shaq was a man of many talents. Remember more of them after the jump.
Here is Shaq tweaking one of his favorite victims from his time with the Lakers, Vlade Divac and the Sacramento Kings:
Of course, the Big Aristotle was much more well-known for his rapping talents than his singing. He had several joints over the years, but for some reason, the one I always enjoyed was his basketball-themed “Shoot, Pass, Slam”.
Although I can’t link it here (because we are a family-oriented website), his rap dis on Kobe from a few years back was pretty amusing if you want to Google it.
Will Shaq decide to get back into feature-film making now that he’ll have more time on his hands? He’s had some pretty funny moments on the big screen, whether intentionally or not. Hey, Kazaam!
His turn playing himself on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm is one of the best episodes in the show’s history (note: language a little NSFW).
Shaq being Shaq
Who didn’t enjoy his Halloween lip-sync last year?
And finally, a reporter’s best friend, we leave you with a list of his Top 10 quotes:
Shaq, you will truly be missed. As you said yourself, you are the greatest in the universe.
Have other faves that we left off? Let us know.