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Shaq Says It ‘Pisses Him Off’ Nash Has More MVP Awards Than Him; Believes He & Kobe Were Robbed
Unlike any other era in basketball, the media can single handedly drive MVP votes towards a certain player with constant exposure and praise.
For example, over the past two years, Bleacher Report has trolled the terrible defensive efforts of Houston Rockets star James Harden with multiple clips just for the laughs. This year, everything changed and they begun praising him almost every game and now he’s in the thick of the MVP conversation alongside Russell Westbrook.
Despite his dominance from 1998 to 2006, Shaquille O’Neal only has one MVP to his name. So it pisses him off anytime he thinks about former Phoenix Suns PG Steve Nash winning back-to-back MVP awards in 2005 and 2006, instead of himself.
“LeBron and myself are similar,” O’Neal told SI’s Ben Golliver. “We could be MVP every year. (I should have won) three, easily. Kobe should have won three, too. (I should have won) the two that Steve Nash got over me. It pisses me off. (Nash) knows.”
Even the one that he won back in 2000 comes with a little bit of disdain as then-CNN anchor Fred Hickman decided to cast a vote for Allen Iverson, robbing O’Neal of being the first ever unanimous MVP award winner—something Golden State Warriors PG Stephen Curry accomplished last season.
“The one where that crazy dummy Fred Hickman fucked up my historical (unanimous MVP) so now Curry gets the first unanimous,” O’Neal said. “That bothers me a lot.”
Shaq may not be viewed as the best player the league has ever seen, but he was probably the most unstoppable player on the court for almost 10 years.