Dwight Howard and Shaquille O’Neal have a lot in common. Both players have dominated the center position. They’re both flamboyant, lovable big men. They were both drafted by the Orlando Magic. Both of them eventually ended up in Los Angeles, as members of the Lakers. But the legendary Shaq seems to be Howard’s biggest critic. Is it because Dwight recycled Shaq’s alias as Superman, or because Howard has taken a very similar NBA path? Or, is it simply because Shaq does and says what he wants?
The two have taken jabs back-in-forth at each other over the years, but despite all of their squabbles, Shaq says he “loves Dwight”.
“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