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Another day, more Shaq stories: Today, Big Baby gets smacked

Nov 3, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT

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Every day more excerpts from Shaquille O’Neal’s new book come out, and every day we move a little closer to buying the book when it comes out.

We’ve heard stories from Shaq’s Lakers era, Cavaliers era and Heat era, on tap today is Boston. The Boston Globe has excerpts from the book about Shaq’s time in green.

That starts with the day Shaq threatened to punch Glen “Big Baby” Davis in the face while playing the Lakers.

“Big Baby” Davis kept looking me off and taking it himself. Doc is shouting at him to go inside, but he won’t. So Doc calls timeout and draws up a play for me. I go out there, and I back Andrew Bynum way under the rim. I’m loose, I’m ready. I’ve got Bynum under the basket and again, Baby won’t give me the ball. So I go up to him and say, “If you ever miss me again I’m going to punch you in the face.” I was hot.

Two nights later we’re playing in Sacramento and here we go again. I take three shots the entire game and again I’ve got my man isolated underneath the basket, and Baby ignores me and takes a jump shot. So the next time we’re in the huddle I let Baby have it.

I tell him, “Pass the [expletive] ball inside.” He comes back at me a little bit and now I’m really heated. All hell is breaking loose. We’re going back and forth. Doc is standing there and he’s not saying a word. The message is pretty clear: Work this out yourselves. I tell Baby, “You’re a selfish player. Everyone on this team knows it.” Hey, all the fans knew it. He takes shots when he shouldn’t.

That is not going to help Davis and his acceptance issues.

Then there is the story of why Doc Rivers never really loved Nate Robinson the way most fans did.

I wasn’t surprised at all when he got traded. Nate was always trying to get noticed by the public. He was always tweeting videos of himself punking his teammates … Some people are a little too focused on Twitter and Nate was one of them. He was too worried about how many followers he had. He kept saying, “Shaq, I need more people. Help me out.”

Shaq also retells the story of President Barack Obama shaking the confidence of Rajon Rondo.

Shaq’s book is going to be a lot like the player — a little overhyped at times but always entertaining and a crowd pleaser.

  1. romestar82 - Nov 3, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Nothing like a daily scoop of juicy tales from “The Big M.Knight Shaqalan”

  2. dirksimmons - Nov 3, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Wow, Shaq isn’t afraid to burn bridges.

  3. 12strikes - Nov 3, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Shaq is yelling at Baby to get him the ball…. And Baby is selfish?

  4. birdsflynorth206 - Nov 3, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Shaq,Your career is over, if anyone wants to know what is in your book then they will read it. Until then stop burning bridges you may need again

  5. contract - Nov 3, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    Breaking News: Shaq all mouth!

  6. burm61 - Nov 3, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Seriously who wants to buy this crap? It’s Shaq being Shaq and trying to steal the spotlight when there’s little focus on the NBA.

    • mikeewright7 - Nov 5, 2011 at 12:45 PM

      I would buy this book, its simply entertaining

  7. mikeewright7 - Nov 4, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    Im not much of a reader either, but Shaq knows how to seel books/stories….he’s very entertaining! ill buy this book, besides im a Boston Fan some games Glen do be taking stupid shots

  8. mikeewright7 - Nov 4, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    sale i mean

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