Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 at 10:05 am  |  18 responses

Shaquille O’Neal Hopes to Motivate Dwight Howard By Angering Him

Despite what some may believe, Shaquille O’Neal says he has no ill will towards Dwight Howard, this despite repeatedly criticizing him in public. O’Neal does it all in an effort to bring out the best in Howard. As for Dwight, he says that’s the wrong approach, but remains happy for Shaq as the Los Angeles Lakers prepare to retire his jersey tonight. Per the LA Times: “I love Dwight and I see his potential. Hopefully when I say these things he gets mad,’ O’Neal said. ‘Just think about it. At the dunk contest, he dunked on that thing when it was 15 feet. Remember that? OK, so why can’t you back people down [in the post]? Because if you think I didn’t play against great centers, he’s not playing against nobody, you know what I mean? So he should be able to back people down and jump-hook them to death. That’s why I envision in him as a player.’ Howard actually jammed on a 12-foot hoop while wearing a Superman cape in the 2009 dunk contest, but why stop O’Neal? He was on a roll. ‘Same thing Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar] did to me, the same thing Wilt [Chamberlain] did to me,’ O’Neal said. ‘I can remember one time reading an article and I’m averaging 37 [points] in the playoffs and we lose and somebody asks Kareem, ‘Hey, what do you think about Shaq? He’s a great player.’ And Kareem says, ‘Yeah, he’s OK, but he hasn’t won any championships.’ I didn’t respond, I didn’t cry, I just stepped up and got to the next level. So I’m always going to stay on [Howard] because I actually see him being one of the best Lakers ever if he steps up.’ Howard has listened to O’Neal’s critiques over the years — and has his own rebuttal. ‘I understand he thinks making me mad in that kind of way is going to push me, but I just feel like if he wants to do that the best way to go about it is to come talk to me personally,’ Howard said. ‘Because when it gets out to the public, they just view it that we just have this big feud going on and that’s not fair to me or him. I just think that he should come to me man to man and say, ‘Hey, this is how I feel.’”

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  • MikeC.

    Shaq’s right on this. Dwight isn’t playing against anybody. The next best low post player is on his team.

  • bike

    Sorry Shaq. Dwight doesn’t get mad. He pouts. And your not doing this to help him out. Your doing this because you get a kick out of upsetting him. Bully.

  • jmm

    Article title should be “Shaq hopes to irritate Dwight Howard by irritating him”.

  • LLC#12

    “Shaq hopes to stay relevant by rambling about Dwight Howard”

  • Lil_Stratboy

    wrong, David West is the best low post player so far in the season. and I’m not a Pacer’s fan

  • LLC#12

    I disagree, Pau averages more assists, rebounds and blocks, and would easily average more points than West if the Lakers had any idea of how to use him. On pretty much any team in the NBA Pau could be 20-10

  • Max

    That’s some BS.

  • The Seed

    Shaq should have motivated himself during his playing career to get in shape on his time and be willing to move over. The Big Journey Man, playing for 5 teams in his NBA Career. LOL.

  • LP

    4 Rings….5 teams.? I’ll take it!

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  • Caboose

    David West is FAR from the best low post player this season, but he has had a much better year than Pau:

    David: 17.1ppg, 7.7rpg, 3.0apg, 49%fg, 20.0PER, 109 offensive rating, 98 defensive rating, .180 win shares per 48

    Pau: 13.0ppg, 7.9rpg, 3.6apg, 45%fg, 15.6PER, 105 offensive rating, 106 defensive rating, .094 win shares per 48

    The only thing Pau has on West is .2 rebounds a game and .6 assists a game. Pau has done literally nothing else better this season.

  • patrick

    I think Nikola Pekovic is one of the best low post players in the game. A lot better than Gasol

  • robb

    not the best strategy. Players these days are softer. They are pampered to death so they expect you to talk to them softly with lots of sugar on top, otherwise they start crying. NBA athletes today are (arguably) stronger and faster than before, but they’re softer no doubt.

  • pposse

    “thats not fair to me”?? haha what a panzy dwight is!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joshua.coggie Josh Cogdale

    Dwight howard isn’t very good in the low post?

  • Drig

    Marc Gasol and Tim Duncan would like to talk with you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.wu.3133 Brandon Wu

    stats are deceiving. your really think David west is better than pau?

  • Caboose

    Read exactly what I wrote: David West has had a much better year than Pau.