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Shaq in bronze — he gets statue at alma mater LSU

Sep 9, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

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If you want to remember the young, almost skinny Shaquille O’Neal, you need to head on down to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Sure, you could also go to YouTube, but Baton Rouge is a lot more fun.)

On the LSU campus Thursday they unveiled a new statue of Shaq — dunking of course — from his days as a Tiger. Back when he was thin, agile and just starting to dominate.

This is not Shaq pretending to be a statue in Boston, this is an actual statue. And while Shaq put on a few pounds as his career went on, he never got up to the 900 pounds the statue weighs. Probably.

Shaq, of course, accepted the statue with his usual subtle grace (via the LSU basketball twitter feed).

“That is the best sculpture in the country.”

Shaq nicknamed the statue “The Big Bronze.”

Shaq also told the crowd he was disappointed he could not bring a national title to Baton Rouge and that calling coach Dale Brown with the news he was going pro and not returning to LSU was one of the hardest things he has ever done.

  1. progress2011 - Sep 10, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    Shaq was the best CENTER over the last decade. I emphasize ” CENTER ” because he played the position with power. in a league where 7’0″ dudes are doing the job of guards by shooting 3’s, trying crossovers, etc…..The NBA’s officiating of games ( david stern ) is promoting this new Euro NBA style. NO BODY IS IN THE PAINT !!!

    Shaq played one postion…CENTER :
    1. No finesse
    2. No fade-aways
    3. No layups
    4. No Jump shot
    5. No 3 point jump shot

    His style was – IM GONNA DUNK THE BALL, YOU CAN TRY TO BLOCK IT, BUT I MIGHT BREAK YOUR HAND, ARM OR THE BACKBOARD !!!!! PRICELESS !!!

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