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Dwight Howard tells Shaq to “get on with his life”

Jan 20, 2012, 6:50 PM EST

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Shaquille O’Neal loves to needle Dwight Howard. Why? Mostly because he’s Shaq, but there is that whole silly “Superman” thing (Shaq’s nickname but a persona Howard used to win the dunk contest in 2008).

Now, Shaq’s got a big megaphone on TNT’s Inside the NBA. National broadcast where he can and did say Andrew Bynum is the only true big man in the game.

But Howard has fired back. Check out the video over at NBA.com, but for now here is the money quote from it:

“He’s mad about Superman. I didn’t know he made it up. I didn’t know Superman came from Shaquille O’Neal… He’s still mad about it. I would suggest he just sit down and get on with his life. He don’t play no more so what’s the point of talking trash. It’s not like we’re wrestlers and we can battle it out. Who cares?”

Okay then, it is on. As Stan Van Gundy says later in that same video, Shaq gets paid now to spout his opinions. It’s up to the rest of us to take them with a grain of salt.

  1. valhallarising - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    I’m not an Orlando fan or a Shaq stan, just a lowly T-Wolves fan (Who by the way would gladly take Howard or Shaq in his prime). However, those of you comparing Shaq and Dwight should stop now. Shaq is a first ballot HOF and is arguably one of the top five big men of all time. Howard is an amazing player but he still has a TON to prove, not to mention his offensive game is nowhere near that of Shaq’s in his prime. No it’s not just about rings (Lame response Kurt Helin), but the fact that Shaq has four titles and Howard is yet to even sniff his first makes this a silly argument at this point. Let’s go back to this in 10 years when Howard is done and see what he actually accomplishes. As for Bynum versus Howard, Bynum needs to prove he is a man night in and night out before I’ll even entertain that argument.

  2. jimeejohnson - Jan 26, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Shaq attack! The big shamrock. Superman. “Shaq” itself is a nickname! O’Neil has many nicknames due to his legacy. Howard has no legacy, but surround him with guys like Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, or LeBron and DWade and he’ll create a legacy. I don’t see Howard becoming overweight, often injured, and egotistical like Shaq did. Yet Shaq earned his legacy the hard way, and I agree that he was by far better than Howard is, so far,

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