For much of his career, Shaquille O’Neal has admitted to not being too fond of Dwight Howard as a person and a basketball player.
He’s always thrown insults and jokes his way, and the same goes for JaVele McGee, who was a regular on Shaqtin-a-fool until they really started to beef with each other and Shaq promised to never speak of him again.
Well, now Howard and McGee are teammates on the Lakers this season, which led them to them speaking about Shaq and how they both wanted to fight him at one point during their career.
“We did. I asked him. I was like, ‘Hey, did you want to fight Shaq?’ He was like, ‘Man I did, man!’ I was like, ‘Man I did too,’ but I was like, ‘There’s two things we’ve got to worry about. He’s a cop, so if we hurt him we’re going to jail. And two, if Shaq gets a hold of us, it’s over with. You’ve got to hit him and move, because if not? If Shaq gets you? It’s over with.’
“We talked about that. We laughed about a good 30 minutes, just talking about Shaq and all the things he said about us. But you know what it kind of did? It kind of kept us grounded, but it also made us realize, all right — every night we step in the gym, on the court, whatever we’re doing, let’s go 110 percent because we don’t want somebody like this, or anybody ever questioning who we are as basketball players and men.”
Shaq might not be as mobile as he used to be, but he is still a strong and tall man. Maybe if Howard and McGee were to jump him, it would be a fair fight.
Neither is likely to ever happen.
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