Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 at 10:00 am  |  37 responses

Shaq With Some Tough Love for Robin Lopez

The Suns’ rookie big man learns that more toughness is expected of him: “Put somebody on their (expletive) back,” O’Neal said he told Lopez. “Don’t let anybody oopsy-doopsy layup on you and be laughing at you. Have you ever seen me get dunked on? No, because I put (expletive) on their backs. Period. If you’re going to be a big man, be a big man. Don’t be out there (expletive) around. Lay somebody on their (expletive) back. Period. Wilt (Chamberlain) told me that. Bill Russell told me that. Hakeem (Olajuwon) told me that. All the great big men told me that…That’s what I’m trying to teach him, instead of just being out there like a loose tree blowing in the wind. Do something…He’s got to toughen up, step up. He’s got some big shoes to fill because after I’m done, it’s his turn.”

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  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Robin Lopez……..the Future of NBA Big Men starts with YOU!

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    D A M N. WOW he got verbally WAXED

  • AyVee

    Shaq is that (expletive)!!!!

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Good luck with all of that.

  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham

    i need somebody to tell me that shaq actually HAS been dunked on, because it is really hard to imagine that nobody EVER in his 16 years has dunked on shaq. and i mean a real dunk ON shaq, with him challenging and everything. only bynum comes to mind, but that wasn’t really ON him either

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Derrick Coleman famously CRUSHED one ON Shaq……not from the side or with Shaq rotating….he put in right in Shaq’s mouth. Other than that….I’m having difficulty remembering others.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    SCREECCHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hold up…….just remembered…..Zo caught Shaq too in his Charlotte days…..not sure if it was in their rookie season or the second year in ’93….but Zo got him once on a up and under move that got Shaq off his feet and then Zo punched it with one hand on him.

  • Tuomas

    Thanks Eboy, that’s the only one I remembered also. Still, there has to be more. And yeah, while Bynum’s spin move was on Shaq, the dunk sure as hell wasn’t. The previous play, on other hand…

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Shaq doesn’t get dunked on like that. Either he’ll foul you (and you’re not making that basket if he lays a forearm on you) or if he’s too late, he’ll let you go. I don’t ever remember him blocking a dunk either à la Zo or Deke. BTW, he is absolutely right about Robin Lopez and I hate making that comparison because they look alike but he has to play like Sideshow. That’s his niche in the league. Or else, he’s out of the league as soon as his rookie contract comes up. I mean he’s losing hustle minutes to a d-leaguer that’s 3 inches shorter and 30 pounds lighter. Shameful shi!t.

  • Tuomas

    The Coleman dunk I meant. Okay, with a quick youtube look I didn’t find the Mourning dunk you talked about, but another one in which Zo drives from the left and dunks on Shaq one-handed. Plus one MJ dunk that Shaq gets on his head because he can’t jump quick enough. That’s about it. Can’t believe Kemp never dunked on Shaq. I mean, he did get Zo and just about everyone else multiple times.

  • ENDS

    Yeah but if you remember after derrick coleman dunked on him his Rookie season he came down and ripped the goal basket off

  • ENDS

    thats the advice D12 was waiting to hear from the Daddy

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    I was going to say, I was positive Jordan dunked on the big fella. Don’t remember Zo or Coleman. Hmmm… Hakeem never did?

  • ugly_fish

    Ruben Patterson had a put-back over Shaq back in 2003 i think.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    ahha apparently Kobe dunked on Shaq in practice when Shaq wasn’t looking. Awesomeness.

  • Tuomas

    That’s on youtube too ugly_fish. Didn’t count it because Shaq was just under the hoop with his own guy and had his back turned. Couldn’t have stopped it no matter what. More like the worst box-out ever by Devean George than a real in-your-face dunk.

  • Tuomas

    Yeah Jukai, that was probably the ’04 season or something. I’m not 100% sure, but I think it was reported here as well. Hilarity indeed.

  • Tuomas

    Olajuwon might have dunked on Shaq if he played in the 80′s. Hakeem relied much more on his athleticism and was nowhere near the transcendent legend of the mid-90′s. By then he was more concerned with Dreamshaking Shaq into submission.

  • Tuomas

    *Back then* Hakeem relied, I meant.

  • The Starks Knight

    Dalembert put one down on Shaq a year or two ago. Twas extremely grimey.

  • http://vnsny.org Spaceship Jay

    Shaq ain’t lying.

  • http://allanzuss@yahoo.com Mendel

    Shaq your wasting your breath.

  • Joe

    I think i remeber seeing a clip of Vince getting him once….not 100% sure though

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I like “oopsy-doopsy layup.”

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    And I dunked on Shaq at Rucker once.

  • donlaker

    shaqtus got dunked on by kobe and later in practice they pushed each other and had words….
    i asked mike penburthy this question myself at health south /nash st lakers training facility
    and hard to believe the candy man did clown shaq
    once when the clippers exposed the lakers in 01
    he did dunk on shaqtus but not with dominance

  • donlaker

    russ do you know what a rim really feels like?

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    shaq would have got dunked on more had it not been for his No-dunking clause he had with VC

  • https://twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    I dunked on prep Shaq by playing hard man-to-man defense and making a youtube video of it.

  • whooo!

    Joe, Vince said he never has. he said he tried once in toronto, and Shaq laid him down. after that, he never tried again. i remember watching this w/ vince sayiing it in an interview, i think asked about who he’s never dunked on. really proves Shaq’s point too.

  • RuPaul

    Nothing more boring (think rec league) than watching a “big” with his hands folded watching the mouse drive through the lane for a lay-in.

  • whooo!

    but it’s true he doesn’t try to block dunks that much either. Zo on the other hand tries to block EVERY SINGLE thing that comes near him, and thus the onslaught of posters (both ways i might add).

  • tizzle

    VC tried it once, and he got put down hard. After that they decided to leave each other alone.

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    Robin needs to come out with that hair do clipped back… bulk up over the off season, he’s quick around the key but needs to convert that to strength in movement not…..”loose tree” stylee`. If I was him I’d go out and get a few neck tats, he should go visit Matt Barnes’ tat guy.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    I really don’t remember this, but I’m curious to know: Who has dunked on Charles Oakley?

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  • Felipe Lopez

    Larry Johnson