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Kevin Garnett Says Shaquille O'Neal Was The Face Of The NBA After Michael Jordan: "Hell Yeah, Shaq Was The Face Of The League. Shaq Was A Superstar."

Kevin Garnett Says Shaquille O'Neal Was The Face Of The NBA After Michael Jordan: "Hell Yeah, Shaq Was The Face Of The League. Shaq Was A Superstar."

The NBA has always been a league of superstars and from the days of Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the best players have always been the representatives or the faces of the NBA. Magic Johnson and Larry Bird vied for that mantle in the 80s and then once he arrived, everything was about Michael Jordan till he completed his second three-peat and retired a second time. 

However, until LeBron James arrived as the Chosen One, players like Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Shaquille O'Neal and even Vince Carter were all in the conversation as the face of the NBA. Kevin Garnett, who was himself one of the best players of that era though, has no doubt in his mind about who was the face of the NBA after MJ was gone. 

Speaking to Kendrick Perkins on his show KG Certified, Garnett was emphatic about Shaquille O'Neal being the face of the league in the early 2000s and it's a pretty solid take, considering how dominant Shaq was through his career

Kendrick Perkins: "Like, was Shaq ever the face of the league?"

Kevin Garnett: "Hell yeah, Shaq was the face of the league. You don't think Shaq was the face of the league at one point?"

Kendrick Perkins: "Short stint, maybe."

Kevin Garnett: "Soon as Mike left, it was Diesel... Shaq was the f***ing first superstar. Man, we never had no superstar rhymin and f***ing dancing. Shaq has a platinum album, he sold a million."

Shaquille O'Neal was an unstoppable force on the Los Angeles Lakers, and no one could stop him on the court. The three-peat that he and Kobe Bryant managed to achieve is the last time any NBA team was ever able to do it. His personality and celebrity status were huge as well, so Garnett's got a point about Shaq being the face of the league. It may not have lasted for too long, but O'Neal in his prime was the undisputed best player in the NBA.