Shaq: Dwight Howard Faces No Real Competition at Center Position

by September 13, 2011

Though Shaquille O’Neal claims that he has no issue with Dwight Howard — despite numerous shots at him through the media in the past — the Diesel says that Howard doesn’t have to go through anything (or anyone) like Shaq did in his day. From the Times-Picayune: “What can you say about Orlando Magic All-Star center Dwight Howard. Are you friends or foes? ‘His mom and my mom are good friends. I don’t have a problem. But my thing is if you want to call yourself me (Superman), then you’ve got big shoes to fill. I’m not in the Superman this, and Superman that. He won a dunk contest with a cape. If you want to be called Superman because of that, it’s fine with me. I’m Superman for other reasons. I don’t envy him; he’s a great young player. But I’ve never seen him dog another center out. I tried to dog centers out. I went at David Robinson. If Dwight doesn’t win two or three championships, I’m going to be disappointed. He doesn’t have nobody. When I came in the league, I had to go through Alonzo Mourning, Arvydas Sabonis, Kevin Duckworth, Rik Smits. Now I can’t name any other centers besides Kendrick Perkins and Andrew Bynum. Who else is there? That’s it.”