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Shaquille O'Neal Doesn't Think That Joel Embiid Is A Dominant Player


Joel Embiid proved to be a unique talent as soon as he stepped on a basketball court. He didn't have as much time to prepare as most prospects, yet he stood up from day one.

Embiid then took his talents to the NBA and was as good as advertised. Injuries aside, he made an immediate case for being one of the best two-way big men in the league.

Then again, his great game hasn't exactly translated to success in the playoffs. He's been outstanding so it's not like it's his fault.

So, now that he said that he'll start shooting more three-pointers, legendary big man Shaquille O'Neal isn't sure if that will give the Sixers an advantage in the playoffs:

“Good for him. I hope it works for him. But when you’re talking as a great player, it’s only two lists you can be on. Good luck with that. And especially when you play against the teams that are more timely like Brooklyn and Milwaukee. You know if you’re hot it works, but if you’re not hot, what’s your go-to plan,” Shaq told Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix.

More than that, Shaq says, as good as Embiid is, he wouldn't go as far as to call him a "dominant player":

“I wouldn’t use the d-word. He’s pretty good. Really, good. But I would not use the d-word," Shaq added.

Embiid would respectfully disagree with Shaq's take. Last year, he called himself dominant and a clear-cut candidate to win MVP:

"There's no doubt. The main thing that I'm always focused on is winning... My focus is always about winning the championship. When it comes to those awards, you mentioned it, I've been dominant all season. It just feels like every single time I have the ball, they always send three guys at me, and I'm still able to do what I do best... I do it on both sides," Embiid said.

Shaq is deemed one of the most dominant forces in NBA history so he knows a thing or two of what he's talking about, but he hasn't exactly been always fair when assessing younger players, so maybe we should take his words with a grain of salt.