Shaquille O’Neal has an affinity for nicknames, “The Big Aristotle”, “The Big Shamrock”, etc… Here is another one: “The Big Can’t Get Over It”. Okay it is not as eloquent as the ones he gives himself, but it is long past time he got past his issues with Dwight Howard.
Apparently, Howard’s big offenses to Shaq were: taking the nickname “Superman”. (Like Shaq was the first to ever use that one.) And the media comparing Howard to Shaq, or calling him the next great center.
For these two offenses Shaq rarely misses an opportunity to put Howard down. My words to Shaq are: You are an all-time great stop being so insecure. If Michael Jordan reacted every time a player was called the next MJ, he’d be hating all the time. Michael is apparently a lot more secure in himself and his place in history than you are.
Shaq’s most recent salvo is that Howard signed with the Houston Rockets because he couldn’t handle the lights of Los Angeles. Ridiculous. Here are valid reasons for leaving that have nothing to do with location:
- L.A. has a coach in Mike D’Antoni, that Howard believes, doesn’t maximize his game.
- He signed with a team, Houston, that has a coach, Kevin McHale, and hall of fame mentor, Hakeen Olajuwon, he feels better suits him.
- Chemistry issues with the Lakers star player, and professed, “man”, Kobe Bryant. (Shaq can you relate to issues with Kobe?)
- Houston is also a much younger team and bettered suited to make a run at championships for years to come.
- The Lakers are an aging, cash strapped, over the salary cap, team.
These are factors that would have a lot stars seeking greener pastures.
Shaq, you say everybody wants to be in L.A., but Howard never really professed that. When he was in Orlando, he preferred a trade to the Brooklyn Nets. Not exactly dim lights in New York. On being traded, Howard always stated he would play out his year and see what happens in free agency, regardless of the team he was traded to.
Ironically, if the Lakers did what most thought they should, and hired the same coach that carried you to three championships, Phil Jackson, Howard likely would have stayed.
Bottom line Shaq, logic doesn’t support your conclusions. I’m a fan of yours. And as a fan, as big as you are, I can tell you, your attacks on Howard make you look small. And they’re getting old and tired. Give it rest. It should be beneath you.