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Shaq on Howard: "Superman my ass"

Feb 12, 2010, 8:13 AM EST

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. DA - Feb 13, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    The only ‘super’ nickname for Howard is Super Juicer. Nobody is shaped like that. Check his photos ( HS to PROs ). He doesn’t deserve this much attention, and needs to give his blind fans their money back.

  2. Earl - Feb 13, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    Cry about shaq all you like he was acquired for one reason to fillup the middle and stop howard from having the kind of game like he had in last years playoffs against Z and to that end so far i’ll say it has worked well.
    The cav’s didnt sign shaq to be the dominant center he once was however most teams realize that they still need to double team him IMO there are very few centers in the league now that can play him straight up. This team is much improved from last year and shaq is a big part of that. they’ve won 13 straight without two of their guards. I wont say the cav’s will win it all but right now there isnt a team in the nba that the cav’s cant hold their own against. So let the playoff get here and GO CAV’s

  3. DDH - Feb 13, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    shaq is the greatest yes hes getting little older and fatter but he still keeping up with the nba he still the most dominate center in the game thats y they need to double team him still and the other reason the cavs got shaq and watch out amare stoudemire is going to bulk up soon and be playing with shaq and cavs

  4. Steve R - Feb 14, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    What are you 12? Shaq even at this point in has career is better stronger and certainly smarter than this whiner that wants to be known as Superman. How many finals MVP’s does Dwight have? How many rings have been won on his broad shoulders? Shaq daddy is still, even in his decline more of a man and a player than SuperWhiner. How many 60 point nights has Dwight had? You don’t know anything that’s over 5 years ago? Man keep that weak stuff out of here, Shaq is the man, deal with it. Oh and in the two games this year where they went head to head, 2 Cavs (Shaq) wins. I’d love to see your punk azz say any of that to Shaq himself, really I would. Better ask someone.

  5. Anonymous - Feb 14, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    Your right and that’s the way it is. Shaq doesn’t need me defending him but, D Howard will never be half of what Shaq was, and still can’t match what he is head to head. Just cause dHoward beats up on power forwards inpersonating centers doesn’t mean he’s he’s ready for Shaq dady, who is older and slower, but still way too much for Howard’s skinny butt. Don’t even start about at the peak of their careers sheez Howard gets beat still to this day. To not reconize this just proves you don’t get the game.

  6. Steve R - Feb 14, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    Just some numbers to help the young guys understand what Shaq vs Howard looks like on paper.
    Howards been in the league 6 years since 04-05 season
    Career avg 17.4 pts 12.6 rebs
    Best avg 20.7(07-08) 14.2 rebs (07-08)
    Shaq’s first 6 yrs
    1st 6 yr avg 27.2 pts 12.4 rebs
    Best 1st 6 yrs 29.4(93-94) 13.9 rebs (92-93)
    Last year in 33 mins/gm Shaq still put in 17.8 points for Pheonix still better than Howard’s BEST season ever!! Get a clue, if I was Shaq I would be offended at being compared to D Howard as well. Howard is not a shawdow of what Shaq was and still hasn’t passed him.

  7. Anonymous - Feb 14, 2010 at 6:15 PM

    There has to be an age limit in effect here in order to comment. It’s dull, unprofessional and a total lack of class to have the young cats comments be so, so shallow. GET YOUR HISTORY RIGHT YOUNG DUMB A&&E$!!! No one is ever going to take you seriously coming in here ill prepared.

  8. gmoney - Feb 15, 2010 at 6:27 AM

    yo guys cant be serious comparring shaq who gave us 13 straight seasons of 20+ points n 10 + rebounds 2 a guy who didnt get a single dunk 2 damn near the end of game 2 in the finals, i mean lets be honest here the biggest stage(nba finals)is where it counts most where young dwight only averaged 15 i mean lets be 4real here lamar odom was 2 points shy of matching that n he was coming off the bench yea shaq may have gotten sweeped my a great veteran team but his numbers is way better than any series howard would eva have n just 4 the people who says thats all in the past lets not forget he posted 45 on toronto last seanson when they felt it was safe 2 play 1 on 1 with the real super man

  9. damonstrdat970 - Feb 15, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    shaqqy is beaster than dwightly dwoward

  10. dmonay24 - Feb 15, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    What do you mean by shaqqy and dwightly dwoward. You probably never heard of the sport basketball until you read these comments.

  11. dmonay24 - Feb 15, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    What do you mean by shaqqy and dwightly dwoward. You probably never heard of the sport basketball until you read these comments.

  12. damonstrdat970 - Feb 15, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    de caves will beet da laker dis year

  13. dmonay24 - Feb 15, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    Wow… just because the Cavs swept the lakers doesn’t mean they will do it again. They’re not the best until(the cavs) they win a championship.

  14. damonstrdat970 - Feb 15, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    cobe aint betta dan lebon

  15. K0B3lilDz2080 - Feb 15, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    Shaqqy(lol)is always superman. Dwight not yet, but maybe soon.

  16. Anonymous - Feb 15, 2010 at 6:03 PM

    Hahaha you guys r so off the point. Shaq is better then Howard DUH, but he doesnt have to be such a punk when someone else is called superman. Shaq has made about 1000 nicknames for himself, its bound to happen that someone will be called the same one, one of these days. And you dont hear the creator of the superman getting pissed that shaq stole the name. I love Shaq as a player, but he’s got way to big of an ego.

  17. J-bone - Feb 16, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    The other thing that nobody has seemed to mention is that Shaq clearly seems to pace himself throughout the regular season as of late. He is one of the biggest frames in NBA hisory and he isn’t getting any younger, he needs to be ready to go strong for the playoff push. Playing 75 to 82 games at full steam ahead just won’t happen any longer. The cavs will breeze to the playoffs with or without the Diesal, however with the Diesal in playoff mode the cavs are going to be tough to beat.

  18. JBP - Feb 17, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    Would you like to try and translate what you said? I bet 100 to 1,you could not do it. What in the heck were you trying to say? I don’t think you understood it either.That’s what you get when you text, not a damn thing, try english as a 1st language.

  19. GP - Feb 17, 2010 at 10:00 PM

    Rik Smits ?????
    Yes,Rik Smits as in INDIANA PACERS, yes, I (at one time) was a big Pacer fan (this is during the era of Reggie Miller, Dale and Antonio Davis, Mark Jackson and the big man in the middle “Rick Smits” (The “Flying Dutchman” ) no, he was never considered an “elite” center during his time, but few can argue that he was one of the most “efficient” centers, and definately one of the best free throw shooting centers. Like most centers in the league, guarding shaq is a “full time job’ but lets not forget,the Lakers beat the Pacers in a 7 game series for the champoinship. During that era, history will also show that the pacers were the only team that would split regular season wins against the Bulls during Michael Jordans reign. Rick Smits was a MAJOR factor in getting the Pacers to the playoffs every year.

  20. austin - Feb 18, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    shaq has had a few good games this year and now he can talk that talk but i doubt he will be talking when he plays a 6th game in the playoffs against a good team he will be crawling to the bench.

  21. jahero - Feb 18, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    Finally a valid comment…thank goodness for bringing the numbers into it to validate your argument. Anyone comparing Dwight Howard to Shaq needs a brain scan. In the years that come Dwight has a wonderful future it seems, but Shaq has been the most dominant player in the league since Jordan stopped playing. If it wasn’t for him the league would have died after Jordan left.

  22. Leland Janowski - Feb 21, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    You made some good points there. I did a search on the topic and found most people will agree with

  23. Dave - Mar 1, 2010 at 2:54 AM

    “Shack” is lazy, has been his entire career. During his first week with the Magic they pulled kids out of school and filled the Amway Centre to see and hear “Shack”. One of the kids asked, “what will you do when your contract is up”? “Shack”s” answer, “probably retire”. That’s when I knew the Magic had trouble.
    Size is not a talent.

  24. Anonymous - Mar 3, 2010 at 8:09 PM

    Most dominate player since Jordan….I don’t think so. Try Kobe Bryant…

  25. tim - Mar 8, 2010 at 5:37 PM

    the NBA is a joke!!! just like shaq, one of the most overratted players ever!!! shaq gets the ball plows over his man and dunks wow what talent!!!lol

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