Friday, January 20th, 2012 at 2:51 pm  |  88 responses

Dwight Howard Wants Shaq to ‘Sit Down and Get on With His Life’

Shaquille O’Neal picks on Dwight Howard whenever he gets a chance, and now that it’s his job to criticize players on national TV, the digs will obviously only get more pointed. Howard took exception to the latest criticism, and fired back. From the Orlando Sentinel (NBA.com has the full interview on video): “Magic center Dwight Howard, responding to Shaquille O’Neal saying that Andrew Bynum is the NBA’s best center, said after Friday’s shootaround that Shaq should ‘just sit down and get on with his life. What’s the point of talking trash?’ Howard said that Shaq, now a commentator for TNT and former Magic center, is just trying to get people ‘riled up.’ Shaq said earlier this week that he believes Bynum is the league’s ‘only true big man.’”

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  • bike

    Best not to say anything Dwight. All you are doing is stoking the fire in the big guy.

  • Ken

    im a huge fan of shaq…but hes out of line. Bynum isnt putting up numbers like dwight. Shaq should define the meaning of ‘true big man’ and see if dwight meets the criteria.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    We all do Howard…sigh we all do.

  • Pic

    somebody’s catching feelings

  • bashmo

    Nothing wrong with what Shaq said…merely stating his opinion, while not directly referring to Howard. I don’t agree, but he is an analyst…

  • Stickz

    I’m a much bigger Shaq fan than Bynum fan, but Shaq’s “analysis” was pure hate. His opinion is deeply tainted by his dislike of Howard. His website is originalsuperman.com. That says it all there.

  • http://www.uhlife.com/basketball/profile.aspx?PlayerID=3356&SeasonDivisionID=30 nbk

    Shaq does need to get on. He is not going to garner any respect as an analyst if he keeps up with all of his stupid ass Howard hate nonsense. It’s like when a toddler doesn’t like their new baby cousin, grow the f*ck up shaq.

  • T-Money

    shaq on tnt has to be the biggest disappointment of the season. bring back cwebb! and gp!

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    This is pathetic Shaq. Believe it or not, Dwight Howard (of all people) is being the mature one. Anybody else already kinda tired of Shaq on TNT? Ernie, Charles, Kenny, and just about anybody else is better than O’Neal.

  • DerekG

    Amen Dwight!!!

  • bike

    Shaq is the worst commentator I have ever witnessed. Acts like a dope, is immature, and never says anything of substance.

  • svendersloper

    What is the point of talking trash? Is he serious?

  • stuyfiend

    bynum is a better center than howard.. better post moves, better passer, better free throw shooter and he hardly gets the ball as much as howard.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    oh lord. anyone who thinks Bynum is better then Howard is either completely stupid. Has some sort of weird grudge against Howard. Or has absolutely no idea what they are talking about. Literally, no f*cking clue.

  • nick

    am i the only one who thinks shaq tries to hard to make people laugh ?

  • AD

    that was me^^ slam

  • bull22

    actually dwight has brought all this upon himself with the constant drama and whining about where he is going instead of leading the magic to greater heights. shaq has 4 rings and i hope he continues to batter dwight howard,,

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    and this is why he wont be a laker. he’ll be a mav or net

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    shaq has been kind off wack on tnt,lol. He say he got three degrees but we all know that dont mean you really smart.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Cosign bull…. Maybe Shaq is a little worried that Dwight will have a more successful career than him, and be remembered in the history books as being the man called “Superman”. Kinda the same as how Carr forfeited “Big dog” to Glenn Robinson. I don’t think it will happen, but just a thought.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Lets not debate Dwight/Bynum here. But if you have to…point to one concrete thing in terms of impact or production Bynum has done that Dwight hasn’t. If you say “better post moves,” then I will force you to argue that Al Jefferson is better than Dirk or K Love.

  • tomtom

    @bossterry ok so shaq talks trash, but believe me Dwight will.never ever have a career close to shaq’s. I AK guessing you arnt old enough to see how dominant shaq was in his prime? An entirely different class.

  • tomtom

    Oh and btw is shaq the only nba fan in the world not allowed to have an opinion now? The only reason Dwight cares is cos shaq is an all-time great.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    tomtom: Bynum will never have a career close to Dwight’s. We attack fellow commenters on here if they say moronic things such as “Westbrook is better than Rose.” Shaq shouldn’t be above the volleys.

  • Slim Tebow

    Shaq is at a better place than most of yall hatin on him dude is ultra rich i wouldn’t give a fugg either i would live my dreams just like him doing what i want when i want and how i want if i had the chance he had sad yall hate like that

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Shaq AKA-Big Kevin Hart, needs to improve in how he comments on players and games. Its getting on my nerves calling Kobe the Black Mamba and trying to act nice about him on TV. Shaq needs to be on Nerd Night on NBATV, BRING BACK CWEBB, he had an actual opinion. BOOK IT!!

  • http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=guruwestcoastbasketballrankings2019 Basketball Guru

    Dwight is obviously more valuable player between the two. He is also a much better defender & more durable.

    Bynum is better offensively, but may not be healthy enough to ever be known as a dominating force. He does have two more rings than Howard.

    Magic – make the trade for Bynum, Ebanks and a pick.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Shaq has every right to criticize Howard and Howard has every right to respond back.
    Also, I doubt Shaq is worried about DHow having a more successful career (does anyone see DHow winning 3 straight Final MVPs?) but what he is worried about is how DHow stole his entire character/style yet he never mentions Shaq as his favorite player growing up. None likes to be plagiarized.

  • Allenp

    Shaq is a petulant, whiny bully and has been for years. Period.

  • tomtom

    Caboose, read what my shaw/dwight comparison was in response to and i think you may get me better, I didn’t just say it for no reason or to attack Dwight (whose game I love). But I’m not ao sure thay bynum will ‘never have a career like Dwight’ in real terms I think he can. He will never have the foot speed or energy but his O is a little more polished.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Fair enough tomtom, I think I misread your comment. The only reason Bynum won’t have a career like Dwight is the defense. Bynum lacks the sheer explosiveness to be a top notch big guy defender in the league. His game is more polished, but honestly, that doesn’t make Al Jefferson better than Blake Griffin.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Shaq’s superman was more self appointed. Dwight did it as a gimmick in a dunk contest and it stuck. The other similarities are not controllable.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    my only comment here is: TNT/NBA.com need to kill that “shaqin’ a fool” thing. it’s simply atrocious.

  • gubbins

    Define ‘the only true big man’. If it means a man who is big & does an incredible job at both ends of the court & is an all star every year, then Howard is the only one. Bynum, Chandler, Cousins, Lopez – all pretty good at what they’re asked to do I’d say. The lack of objectivity in a lot of NBA broadcasting is really quite appalling.

  • Justin G.

    nbk, you really have to stop with the “If you think such and such then you’re a complete idiot or don’t know anything about basketball”. That’s YOUR opinion. It makes you look like a pompous jackass. If someone says to you because of something you said it makes you an idiot or you don’t know anything about basketball, how would you take it? You defend yourself by saying you’re not actually calling them stupid but in essence you are. That being said, in the interviews and Inside the NBA’s that I’ve seen he’s always maintained that he thought Bynum was better OFFENSIVELY. Has more moves, better at the free throw line, etc. Not all around

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I don’t care how it makes me look. It’s true, pompous jackass or not. Shaq is a child. And who cares if he’s maintained his opinion? He has always acted like an jealous toddler about Dwight Howard. And I didn’t call you stupid necessarily, you can have a grudge or be completely clueless. I’m leaning toward the latter.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Beside both guys being freaks of nature athletically and having the superman title, never thought they were a fair comparison anyways. Dwight is more alonzo mourning than shaq.

  • http://Facebook.com/tronjohnson Chief

    I don’t see what Howard can do other than get a back to the basket game and stop turning over the ball downlow to shut Shaq up. You’ve been in the league 8 years and you have no post game. Dwight, Lebron, and Jsmooth have all played AAU ball in the NBA their whole careers and it shows. You should have gone to college and fixed that problem.

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    shaq is annoying. I wish he would be replaced by Cwebb

  • JB

    take shaq off the air!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Chief: So you’re telling me that it’s easier to learn new moves in college as opposed to the NBA, where the BEST coaches and trainers are available to you 24/7 and you’re getting PAID to work on your game and practice against the best players in the world? Are you serious?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Bynum is not better offensively than Dwight. How many ppg is Bynum averaging?

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Is anyone watching this? Cuz if you had a question before and eye’s now it’s pretty simple to see.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Can we stop arguing now? Has Dwight proven it yet?

  • shutup

    Shaq is entitled to his opinion and Bynum/Howard debate is closer than people would like to admit, Howard still has to develop an offensive game that demands the ball, thats what Bynum has that Howard doesnt.

  • diy5f

    Even if bynum was hakeem+ewing+shaq+kareem+any great center, it wouldnt matter in a comparison with howard. Hes injury prone & in a full season who know if he will be healthy for playoffs. Bynum avg about 55 gsames per season while dwight avg 80 games per season, so who would anyone with a functioning pick bynum

  • anthony y

    Let’s be real.. the big hater as I call him now has seen Howard as a threat because he is a similar type player and COULD in the right situation win more rings. I don’t have an issue with what Howard said. The big hater walks around like he’s a made man in the mob and he’s untouchable. After all the hate he’s thrown at him, when he does win a chip shaq will take credit because his hating he will say was motivation smh..

  • Allenp

    Bynum should be mad at Shaq for getting him that beatdown.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    21 and 23 for Dwight. 10 and 12 for Bynum in 24 minutes with 5 fouls. Now, 10 and 12 in 24 minutes is pretty good, but… The 5 fouls in that span of time tell you everything you need to know. Best center in the league was never a debate in three years and counting.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    for* three years. Also he played 26 minutes, not 24.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    @tomtom. I’m almost 33.. I know what kind of career Shaq has had, and like I said, I don’t think it will happen, but I wouldn’t say its impossible..

  • james aka…

    I can’t wait for shaq to badmouth EJ when he’s forced off the air, just like he did with every team he ever played for

  • Duck Johnson

    As fun and goofy as Shaq can be, he’s also petty and obnoxious. I borderline dislike Dwight as a personality but Shaq needs to let the hatred go and focus on getting better as a TV guy. So far he’s been woeful.

  • ronny123

    big fan of shaq.damn i cant believe shaq such a media b”tch lmao

  • jacuuli

    Shaq isn’t superman,more like iron man

  • Trout

    Shaq in his prime was not the same ind of player that howard is a all. Shaq was an out and out scoring machine he averaged close to 30 points a game and was decent at defence (that is being generous at best) whereas Dwight is more a defence first type player. Shaq and Bynum have more in common which is why Shaq is probably more of a Bynum fan.

  • blackthought

    shaq may talk a lot, and a lot of crap to annoy people, but he is absolutly right on this one, besides howard wants to be like shaq, stole his superman tag, playing for the same team (not his fault)etc., but he gotta win some chips (better start now) before messing with the real superman!

  • http://slamonline.com YKnot

    Shaq is not Superman, he’s a mix of Steel and Kazam! Howard could rival Shaq career eventually because he takes care of his body unlike the big buffet. Bynum got pimped in that game. Bynum and Gasols’ numbers combined added up to Dwights alone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/P.Y.Y.B.L Gametimeweezy

    When it comes down to it all Shaq said was Bynum has a better left hook. Dwight hit Bynum and Gasol off with a few different moves yesterday though.

  • http://www.tampax.com Shakweel

    The Big Insecurity is just sad that he’s not the alpha-male on the court any more.

  • MLK4Life

    Shaq being on TNT isn’t about his knowledge of the game. It’s about ratings. He and Chuck together with Ernie and Kenny is must see tv not because Shaq is a great analyst, but because of the funny moments that are bound to happen.

  • Chukaz

    Maybe what Shaq meant by saying that bynum’s the only true big man left is that Bynum’s the only guy over 7 ft tall that’s overweight and is pretty decent at basketball. Dwight’s not 7 ft tall and he’s not overweight at all. AT. ALL. Bynum’s a better Center than Dwight btw. Dwight’s not really a Center. A lot of these extremely gifted guys don’t really play their positions well. LeBron’s not a very good SF, and yet he’s the best player in the game. KD doesn’t play like a SF either and he’s a top 5 player in the league. Westbrook’s not a very good PG and yet the only PG that’s a better player than him is Rose. Dwight plays like one of those undersized energy PF (think Hakeem Warick) but he’s got a physical profile that makes him the post unstoppable Center in the league.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Dwight’s not a traditional center. But he’s still a center.

  • http://Facebook.com/tronjohnson Chief

    In college you play against great zone d. The best trainers in the world can’t simulate a great zone d clamping down on a big man, you have time to make yourself more worldly. So you don’t have to steal Shaq’s swag, so you have offensive moves, or perhaps develop a high post shot. Howard’s a crybaby and you know it, that’s why you defend him.

  • SportsAddict

    Personally, that is Shaq’s opinion. Andrew Bynum is nearly hurt all the time. Dwight Howard is the league leader in rebounds. He ranks 5th in blocked shots. He brings more athleticism. Bynum has an arsenal of post moves, and is a better free throw shooter. Bynum is right behind Howard in rebounds. Howard shouldn’t get too distracted about it though.

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    a healthy Bogut is better than those two!! ;)

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    wow my comment posted!! Yayyy!!

  • !ckon81

    This is what Shaq does he plays mind games… he pisses players off so you can reach your full potential. He did it to all his former team mates. So just man up, shut up and prove him wrong!

  • el_larsen

    bring back cwebb

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    To be honest, I tend now to turn off TNT simply because Shaq gets on my nerves. His so-called analysis always seems insincere and motivated by some other agenda, like getting under the skin of some player he’s jealous of. Over the last couple of years, Shaq just strikes me as childish and immature. It’s really not a good look. And I had been a big fan of the guy for a long time, even taking his side in the Laker drama.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    And I agree, Chris Webber is a far better TV analyst than Shaq and to me has better chemistry with the TNT guys.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4C1DVoMJoEI Shecky Shabazz

    Bring back C Webb…

  • kantankruz

    The Quicker TNT get rid of Shaq and bring back C Webb the better. Shaq is really really turrible.

  • http://dennysisforwinners.blogspot.com DennysFishTacos

    Shaq is right in saying that he’s the only “true big man,” though. Dwight Howard began his career playing Power Forward. Because all of the actual Centers have come and gone, Dwight is now playing the Center position. He would have been a Power Forward in the 90′s and early 2000′s, though.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    no he didn’t.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    And he would be a center in every era since the 3pt line.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Dwight is the same size as Hakeem.
    Dwight is fine. Lots of centers have never developed great post moves, but still been very good. And besides, Dwight has improved a LOT on the block and is a serious scorer at this point when given touches.

  • J

    That’s a bit disrespectful of Howard I think… Yes Shaq just fired off but being the legend he is, I think he’s entitled to a say about things here, especially since it’s now his job. It’s just his opinion, like how it’s Dwight’s opinion on Shaq to move on. The way Shaq plays, it’s understandable that he sees Bynum as the “only true big man”, although there are many other centres out there with different play styles…

  • Rico

    Shaq, is wack dude needs to move on. Needs to get a different job . He makes it real hard to watch TNT. Funny to see Charels sit and look at shaq with that are serious face when he’s trying to funny.

  • Supervee

    Dwight needs to shut his mouth for once and play basketball. I want to be traded, I need better teammates, I have 3 teams I want to go, my teammates need to step up, shaq needs to shut, I’m the best center in the league boo hoo! If Ur the best center in league better step up you’re game cuz faking left drop step to the rim will only get u so far and it does nothing to better your team mates.

  • Herb Baker

    Who’s the better center now…i’m just saying?

  • http://hotmail.com Gangsta

    This was funny. cats like shaq who made so much money in the past should speak as CEOs of a certain company not as tv commentators.if he won 4 titles it dont mean he was the greatest player he was just fortunate….. MJ can really sit back and laugh at these comical tv commentators!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://na thegiant1

    Great Centers are defined by Championships Mr. Howard…..Shaq can say whatever he wants because he was and still is a WINNER……

  • bell54bb78

    bynum has 2 rings, 1 that he contributed and 1 more coming this season!!!

  • hahaha

    good call bell.

  • Lou

    Let Shaq & charles-barkley one & one , I pay anything for that please.

  • Y u spell it fiyah

    Shaq is the most insecure legend of all time. If Shaq didn’t talk so much ish about Dwight then I wouldn’t think as highly of Dwight as I do. If Shaq is taking shots at Dwight (because he can’t keep up on the b-ball court anymore) then it means Dwight makes him feel small, weak, overshadowed, and old.

  • Dwight Howard

    Funny how he says this when he fought with Bynum back when he was in Miami. I like Shaq but yeah he is very insecure.