Shaquille O’Neal is widely considered as the most dominant player ever. With his rare combination of athleticism, strong frame, footwork, and basketball IQ, some argue he could’ve ended up being the greatest player of all time.
However, it’s always seemed as if Shaq just didn’t accomplish enough throughout his career, even despite putting together one of the strongest resumes ever.
Don’t get me wrong, we’re talking about a 4-time NBA Champion, 3-times Finals MVP, MVP, Rookie of the Year, 2-times Scoring Champion, 15-times All-Star and Hall of Famer. Yet, we always thought he could’ve won even more accolades had he set his mind on it.
And judging by his latest comments, it seems like we may be right all along, as he just admitted that he let some players shoot on purpose just because he ‘loved their game’.
Shaq says he used to let these players shoot because he loved their game:
▫️ White Chocolate
▫️ Vince Carter
▫️ Tracy McGrady
▫️ Allen Iverson
“I could’ve blocked [Iverson’s] shot multiple times, I just didn’t want to”
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 5, 2020
“I could’ve blocked [Iverson’s] shot multiple times, I just didn’t want to”, Shaq claimed, while also stating that he left Jason ‘White Chocolate’ Williams, Vince Carter, and Tracy McGrady shoot at will just to watch them thrive.
Needless to say, we’re talking about some of the league’s finest entertainers ever, so it’s hard not to feel the same way Shaq did about their game. Still, it tells you a lot about how great he could’ve been if he could’ve kept that competitive intensity throughout his entire career.
Even Kobe Bryant once said that they could’ve won 12 titles and that he could’ve been the greatest player ever if he had been to the gym more often. Obviously, we don’t know for sure whether Shaq was as lazy as Kobe said or if he was just trying to make a point.
Kobe says Shaq could’ve been the greatest player of all time if he had stayed in shape and they could’ve won 12 rings
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) August 27, 2019
What we do know is that Shaq is one of the most special physical specimens to ever set foot on an NBA hardwood. Also, history will certainly appreciate his eye for other players’ greatness, but we know he could’ve been even better.