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A naked Shaquille O’Neal used to force guys to wrestle with him when he played for Suns

Aug 8, 2014, 8:45 AM EST

Great story here from former Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry (via Henry Abbott of ESPN.com) of what it was like dealing with the antics of Shaquille O’Neal.

Shaq played for the Suns for a season and a half in 2008 and 2009, and was notorious for his love of pranks — to the point that even the team’s head coach had little chance of slowing him down.

Check out the video clip above, where Gentry tells the tale of a naked O’Neal forcing others to wrestle with him on a fairly regular basis — an unfortunate honor that even Gentry himself was unable to escape.

  1. miamiHeatlesnotBeatles - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Wonder if there ever will be a dominant NBA center again. All I see is three point shooting and dribble penetration.

    • Hard On For Harden - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:20 AM

      Nope, there weren’t freaks of nature like LBJ roaming around the perimeter and post during the big man era. Shaq’s the last one.

      • xmatt0926x - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:58 PM

        Agree. All these big guys are such athletic freaks now, the days of a 6ft 10 and up, lumbering big man are pretty much done. They all run like the wind now and can dribble. Their all pretty much 7 ft forwards now.

    • bougin89 - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      Teaching back to the basket moves is really a lost art, unfortunately.

      Dwight Howard, for one, would be unstoppable if he learned how to use his leverage and developed his footwork beyond simple 2-step moves.

      • pburghballin - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:14 PM

        You’re so right…too bad Dwight is a monumental toolbag who apparently is already so great (in his own head) he can’t be taught anything by some of the GOATs. It almost makes me resent him for being such a waste of talent, as he can already take over games for stretches.

      • bougin89 - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:44 PM

        Agreed.

    • duhwighthoward - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      Tim Duncan dominated you two years in a row.

      • pburghballin - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:12 PM

        Duncan would be the last one, and Shaq the last before him. Ashame really…as it’s quite fun watching a big man go to work underneath when nobody can stop him.

    • patfic5 - Aug 8, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      What about Dwight How…..man I couldn’t even finish typing that statement.

  2. 1heatedtoombrayduh - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    a naked shaq trying to wrestle with me would make me feel really uncomfortable..thats gotta be a form of molestation lmao

  3. misremembered72 - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    scary mental image…

  4. migoli - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Absolutely terrifying, I really hope he did this BEFORE games……

  5. clevelandrox - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    LOL, funny a$$ hell… unless it’s you he’s wrestling…

  6. osubrndn - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    after did he say no homo?

  7. mz1394 - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Jason Collins is jealous

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      I could be wrong, but weren’t they teammates in BOS?

  8. bougin89 - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Shaq: “Come here, now it’s time to wrestle…” *creepy grin on face*
    Steve Nash: “Shaq, you’re naked!?!?!”
    Shaq: “Come here…”

    • davidly - Aug 8, 2014 at 3:04 PM

      I’ll only give you a thumbs-up if you were doing a funny Shaq voice. Were you doing a funny Shaq voice?

      • bougin89 - Aug 8, 2014 at 3:19 PM

        Yes, lol.

      • davidly - Aug 8, 2014 at 3:40 PM

        Haha. Well, then, that is the funniest thing ever.

  9. junkmtb - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    A little suspect there can we say Shaq??????

  10. junkmtb - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    A little suspect there can we say Shaq??????

  11. tcclark - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    this is worse than anything richie incognito ever did…

  12. stephenlin - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Damn, Shaq would do something like that. Hilarious story.

  13. imjustsayin412 - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    That’s nasty Shaq.

  14. 00maltliquor - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Hot lava! I don’t play play that sheeeet!

    I love Shaq, he’s in a 4-way tie as my all-time favorite player, but I would have done something to make sure that the first time he tried to pull that mess on me would certainly be his last.

  15. yougotg - Aug 8, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    did anyone else watch The Benchwarmers?

  16. genericcommenter - Aug 8, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Heard he was a master of the Full Nelson.

  17. kavika6 - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    I think I’m going to throw up.

  18. hurley711 - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Shaq I’m not wrestling you AND that black anaconda snake…..what do you mean that’s not a snake?

  19. shaggymcruff - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    No wait — call it Shaqenfreude

  20. shaggymcruff - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Hey probasketball talk y’all need to get rid of this lame wordpress commenting system and switch to facebook commenting

  21. cashtext4all.com - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    who the hell would want to westle with a naked shaq. That’s crazy.

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