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Shaq on Howard: "Superman my ass"

Feb 12, 2010, 8:13 AM EDT

o'neal.jpgShaquille O’Neal has not only been playing like his old self lately, after his Cavaliers beat the Magic Monday, he was talking like his old self as well.

And Shaq went off on Dwight Howard and the fact the Magic chose to double team him. Starting by saying “Superman my ass.”

“When I was coming up and there was Pat Ewing and Hakeem (Olajuwon) and I never doubled anybody. You tell me who the real Superman is. Don’t compare me to nobody. I’d rather not me mentioned, I’m offended.”

“Don’t let them double team me and make it a him vs. me thing. 18 years straight: Hakeem, (Pat) Ewing, Rik Smits, (Tim) Duncan, (David) Robinson, the best of the best, straight up. I never doubled nobody. Nor have I ever asked for double team.”

Shaq learned a few things from Phil Jackson back in the day — his “off the cuff” remarks often have a subtext and goal.

Even with what’s left of Shaq, he is hard to cover one-on-one — he is too big, too strong, too savvy in getting off his shots to really stop if he gets the ball deep on the block. But he can’t beat the double team like he once did. The Magic’s system took him largely out of the game — he had 10 points, six rebounds and sat out a lot with foul trouble.

So Shaq challenges Howard’s manhood, tries to goad him into single coverage for the next meeting. Because as good a defender as Howard is, Shaq can do some damage one-on-one. Shaq was trying to set up the two meetings left between these teams, and more importantly the playoff meetings down the line.

  1. Brent - Feb 12, 2010 at 8:25 AM

    Rik Smits?

  2. randy - Feb 12, 2010 at 9:12 AM

    He’s not even as good at talking crap as he used to be. Sucks to get old and irrelavent.

  3. Anonymous - Feb 12, 2010 at 9:18 AM

    Senility sets in

  4. bobdevo - Feb 12, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    If the Magic want to double-team Shaq come playoffs, Shaq will dish to the3 open man and the Magic will die the death of 1,000 cuts. The Cavs beat the Magic straight up without their 1st point guard, with an injured backup point guard (Delonte West) and without Powe.
    If the Cavs stay healthy to the playoffs, they are going to hurt some folks real bad.

  5. ace 32 - Feb 12, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    shaq is da only person in da league dat really deserve’s da money da he is getting paid like i read in some crazy article he’s made other big men switch position becoming 3’s an shooting 4’s an dats even when he was young he’s made all of them complain from coach’s to player’s to owner’s oh ask van gundy how come garnett doesn’t want to be a center sorry an sad part i really like kg oh rasheed dirk tim rupaul ooops i mean chris bosh an these r da guys dats paid his equal 4real 4real da funny thing is da only bigs dat ever could battle wit shaq was da dream an ben wallace an even he complained jus a lil wilt would have been a load for him oh even dwight didn’t wanna play center let’s see everybody get your shots in on shaq now cause he’s going downhill from now but dats called a coward oh da nerds would call it taking advantage of da sit. being smart but why was so quiet when he was da best an even still he’s a force now wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww lame’s

  6. Jake - Feb 12, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    Shaq…ah – please go away already. You and AI, and even Kurt Thomas – retire. Leave us alone, we’re tired of it. Take Vince Carter with you while your at it.
    Your time is up and Dwight is the new you – deal with it.

  7. Anonymous - Feb 12, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Shaq will break down and King will not deliver, again, he is a sore loser and will have bad karma and will not deliver the title this year.Shaq is old and not effective as a team player and will soon show his true colors, he is looking for a contract, when he realizes none is comeing, there will be troble.Lakers will repeat as champions, they are the top team with the top player and they will defend what is theirs.Purple and Gold!

  8. Oprah mother in law - Feb 12, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    Shaq is sheeting on himself now, he should wear Depends, pick up a box for yourself too!!!!!

  9. Chuck - Feb 12, 2010 at 10:50 AM

    (comment regarding ace 32)
    Holy cow. You better go back for that GED Ace. That is quite possibly the worst blog comment I’ve ever tried to interpret. Drop the texting and go back to your 3rd grade reader… if you ever had one.

  10. kevind - Feb 12, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    Hey Brent,
    You are just like all “Young Whipper Snappers”! Don’t know crap! Rik Smits played for the Indiana Pacers. 7’4″ to be exact bonehead!

  11. Anonymous - Feb 12, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    ace32 you are an idiot…shaq is washed up….he had one good game and thinks that he is the real deal….horrible….shaq will never be what he was back in the day….get over it…

  12. chris shirling - Feb 12, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    Actually, Rik Smits usually got the best of Shaq and if it wasn’t for his injury, that NBA finals with the Pacers would have been much different. Smits had better moves.. better feet.. better range.. actually could hit his free throws.. and if you bother to look up the stats, you can understand why shaq mentioned him.
    Face the truth.. if the NBA actually called charges and didn’t allow Shaq to fling his 300 pounds around to back centers all the way to the basket, he wouldn’t be very useful.
    The league is not about basketball.. it’s about entertainment using the game of basketball to do it. They bend the rules for certain players and teams in order to get the desired outcome that best suits their bottom line. That ref who got caught gambling only got Stern angry when he said what we all know and that’s the league picks winners and losers.
    It’s a screwed up league with a screwed up business model run by a swarmie man and played by a bunch of socially unacceptable street kids.

  13. Irrelevant - Feb 12, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Ace 32 – Are you serious? Was that an attempt at humor, or an attempt to show your fellow human beings that even morons know how to (unfortunately) work a computer? Please pull your head out from your pelvic area and please, please take some remedial classes at the local community center.

  14. Jamie - Feb 12, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Shaq has Dementia. Of course he doesn’t remember that he used to give his guarding duties to Horace Grant because he was the better defender. And Yes, come playoff time he did guard Hakeem one on one and got schooled over and over… AND… Just for the record, Shaq was repeatedly shut down in the playoffs by Dennis RODMAN!!! You know, that guy who is on celebrity rehab… Keep talking Shaq. That’s what you are best at!

  15. Deek - Feb 12, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    I agree with the writer of the post. Shaq, already a PR genius pre-Phill, really learned how to use public comments to goad the opposition from the Zen master. Worked for both of them against Sacto back in the day (and I’m a Kings fan), and he’s trying it again.

  16. Ransome - Feb 12, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    Rik Smits was a great center when he played. Learn about the dunkin dutchman and you might see why. Only thing missing was a championship.

  17. Anonymous - Feb 12, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    Its amazing how many of you dont know what you are talking about. Shaq IS one of the most dominating players of all time. Teams had to develop their games plans around him. He is the main reason he has all those rings. Dont hate him because of his size and strength. Different position but the same reason Labron is so dominating. Yes he is at the end of his career and maybe even past but 70% of the big men in the league still can’t hold him one on one. Lets not loose focus here. I agree with Shaq when he said superman my ass. Howard can even begin to hold a torch to Shaq in his prime.

  18. Anonymous - Feb 12, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    Cant hold a torch. You know what i mean!

  19. Anonymous - Feb 12, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    Dont be mad because most of the socialy unacceptable street kids have more athleticism and skills in their pinky toe then the suburbanite kids who parents pay thousands of dollars to get there kids to div 2 colleges.

  20. Anonymous - Feb 12, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    you’re an idiot. Please do not ever post again until your 3rd grade teacher proof reads your blog.

  21. Brent - Feb 12, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    I am actually old enough to remember Rik Smits. What I don’t remember was anyone taking much pride in not having to double team the jump-shooting Rik Smits. I guess us whipper-snappers forgot that part. And I also fail to remember this weird period in NBA history when it made any sense to double-team above average mid-range shooters.

  22. FreaktheMighty - Feb 12, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    Shaq rules. He is still the man of steel.

  23. Nighthawk8266 - Feb 12, 2010 at 6:12 PM

    Dwight can’t become the ‘new Shaq’until he truly starts to play like the ‘OLD Shaq’!!!… Call him older (and definitely slower), but the secret weapon that O’Neil is using is that he’s WISER that Dwight… Dwight is an awesome package, no doubt, but still ‘rough around the edges’, and it shows…

  24. Anonymous - Feb 12, 2010 at 8:09 PM

    Jamie – Denis Rodman repeatedly shut down Shaq in the Playoffs. No, the bulls beat the magic but Shaq still got 27 a game

  25. shaqlovestoflop - Feb 13, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    lol.. Shaq needs to quit while he is ahead and start commentating like Charles Barkley.
    Anyway, Shaq can keep whining about getting double teamed all the way until the end of the ECFs when the Magic are repeating. Maybe Shaq and Lebron can console each other when Lebron goes storming off the court to cry in the locker room.

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