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Shaquille O'Neal Reveals Why He Doesn't Wear Jordans Anymore: "That Was The Last Time I Had A Pair Of Jordans. I Have Corns Now Because Of Those Shoes.”

Shaquille O'Neal Reveals Why He Doesn't Wear Jordans Anymore: "That was The Last Time I Had A Pair Of Jordans. I Have Corns Now Because Of Those Shoes.”

Most NBA superstars today undoubtedly rocked a pair of Air Jordan's before joining the league. Shaquille O'Neal was one such kid, but his experience had him marred for years.

Shaq was recently invited for a round of sneaker shopping by Complex.com and was accompanied by host Joe La Pluma as they toured the A Ma Maniere store in Atlanta.

As they checked out the store, Joe engaged Shaq in a conversation, asking about his first experience wearing a Jordan and how he signed a deal with Reebok: When asked why he bought a shoe two sizes smaller, he said:

“Everybody was coppin em, and it was the first time that shoes like that ever came out. I was wearing Converse something – Buddies, they call it, you remember Buddies? Buddies were the cheap shoes that had their own theme song.”

“So when those came out, everybody had them. I had to cut grass, walk dogs, babysit. And then when I went to the store, they were like ‘We don’t have size 15s, we have some 13s.'”

“I tried them on when I was walking to school and they were just hurting. That was the last time I had a pair of Jordans. I have corns now because of those shoes.”

After his contract ended with Reebok, he chose to go independent and make affordable shoes. His reason for this was because of an encounter with a woman, who rejected his money and simply asked that he makes affordable shoes for the kids.

Big Diesel shared a lot with Joe, including his decision to buy Reebok and his interesting scenarios. He stated that he once tried to hand-deliver a pair of his shoes to former president Barack Obama at an airport in Phoenix but was denied entry.

Shaq went on to point out another situation where he decided to use his powers, flashing his police badge to the security agents but was once again denied. Though, on this occasion, he got a call from Obama and was shocked at how the then-president got his number.

One takeaway from the chat was that the NBA analyst no longer wears shoes that require him to bend and tie the laces. He is more comfortable with slip-ons and would rather buy those or have them made. During the interview, he was wearing a pair of Toms.