“The Big Albatross”

There is absolutely no doubt that Shaquille O’Neal was one of the most dominating big men to ever play the game of basketball. Key word being WAS. The sad part is that he could have been even more. Shaq was able to exert his influence on the game with barely an effort. The problem is that natural skill, alone, is not enough to get you through. Witness Shaq as a mere yute, getting his ass handed to him in a championship sweep by Hakeem Olajuwon and the Houston Rockets. Sadly, Shaq was never about a concerted, sustained effort. He played when he wanted, with who he wanted, worked out when he felt like it, dabbled with acting and rapping, and collecting big checks. Now, he’s in Phoenix and discovering that his body is a bit older than the last time he tried to throw the switch. Detroit just bitch slapped the Suns 116 to 86 on Sunday. Shaq managed to be 3 of 8 on field goal attempts, 1 of 8 on free throws, a total of 7 points contributed to the Phoenix effort… all in just over 33 minutes of effort. Shaq used to call himself “The Big Aristotle” as some kind of self-proclaimed reference to being the “smartest” big man going. He’s still big.


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