Besides being part of the Los Angeles Lakers right now, Dwight Howard and JaVale McGee have more things in common. Their respective beef with Shaquille O’Neal won’t be forgotten anytime soon and now that they’re part of the same organization, both players have discussed their desire of fighting O’Neal.
Shaq has always admitted he doesn’t like Howard as a person or as a player, often saying bad comments about the former Orlando Magic star. It’s the same with McGee, who was a regular on Shaqtin-a-fool until they really started to beef with each other and Shaq promised to never speak of him again.
Now that they have joined forces in the Lakers, they had the chance to talk about Shaq and how they both wanted to fight him at one point during their career.
“We did. I asked him. I was like, ‘Hey, did you want to fight Shaq?’ He was like, ‘Man I did, man!’ I was like, ‘Man I did too,’ but I was like, ‘There’s two things we’ve got to worry about. He’s a cop, so if we hurt him we’re going to jail. And two, if Shaq gets a hold of us, it’s over with. You’ve got to hit him and move, because if not? If Shaq gets you? It’s over with.’
“We talked about that. We laughed about a good 30 minutes, just talking about Shaq and all the things he said about us. But you know what it kind of did? It kind of kept us grounded, but it also made us realize, all right — every night we step in the gym, on the court, whatever we’re doing, let’s go 110 percent because we don’t want somebody like this, or anybody ever questioning who we are as basketball players and men.”
Even though Diesel is not as agile as he used to, it wouldn’t be crazy to claim that if Howard and McGee were to jump him, the 4-time NBA champion would have a big chance to defeat both players. Yet, that’s highly unlikely to happen, so we must settle with our imagination.