Like many people around the NBA world, Shaquille O'Neal didn't appreciate Dennis Rodman's antics at the NBA's top 75 ceremony last month in Cleveland. The Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls legend made a surprise appearance at Rocket Mortgage Arena, where he reunited with former teammate Michael Jordan and many more people.
Moreover, he crashed a pic with LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen, Chris Paul, and Carmelo Anthony while using a different jacket than the commemorative one the league got him. It was explained that he was just teasing his collab with the Vlone brand, but fans still didn't like his actions.
Shaquille O'Neal also had an issue with that, as he revealed in a recent edition of his The Big Podcast with Shaq. The Los Angeles Lakers legend explained that if that was him, he would act as professionally as he could, given that he not only represents himself but his mother. The Big Diesel explained why he would have had a different approach if he was Rodman.
“My mother doesn’t allow that. I represent Dr. Lucille O’Neal. I don’t represent myself. I represent my momma and the other women in my life, Taahirah, Amirah, and Me’arah, I represent them. I’m going to be silly and do my stuff. But when it comes time to be professional, I will always be professional.”
O'Neal and Rodman have a long story beefing. When Dennis was in Chicago, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen had to keep him away from Shaq or things would have gotten really intense. Then, when Dennis joined the Lakers, he claimed that Shaq and Kobe Bryant were jealous of him.
A couple of months ago, Rodman said that Shaq had a problem with him since he was the only player who could stop him. It's unclear what really started this situation, but the two big men obviously have issues with each other.
That doesn't change the fact that they are two of the best players ever at the paint, although they had very different jobs at it. Dennis was, is, and will be that wild person that will do anything that pleases him while making people laugh. That won't change no matter how many people criticize him.