The presence of Shaquille O’Neal puts smiles across the faces of his peers and fans. He was undoubtedly one of the most dominant players in the NBA during the early 90s through the 2000s and became a worthy Hall of Famer. Shaq always considers himself as the last of what was known as a traditional center who would use his length and power to play bully ball within the paint and block shots.
The former NBA champion was an offensively gifted big man and also had quite the showing on defense as well. Shaq ranks eighth on the all-time blocks recorded with 2,732 throughout his entire career and he ranks the same in all-time points scored with 28,596. He provided his talent to various teams across the states but he is most recognized for his time on the Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers playing alongside Kobe Bryant.
Shaquille O’Neal becomes the strongest NBA player ever
Shaquille O’Neal was one of the strongest players around in the NBA. Shaq loved to throw down monstrous jams over his opponents leaving them on the floor and embarrassed. At times, his strength would overpower the durability of the backboards which would end up breaking as he hung on the rim. The former Lakers center has broken 2 backboards in-game and unofficially 12.5 in total during his playing days.
His actions would force the NBA to remodel goal posts and use different materials to keep the rims along with the backboard intact. O’Neal always had a big impact on the game but little did the league know he would bring physical change to it. To describe his dominance, Shaq made an entire tree out of the total rims he had broken as something to enjoy after retirement.
Shaquille O’Neal gets sucker punched by a little child
As strong as Shaquille O’Neal was, nobody is always invincible. The former defensive player of the year failed to defend himself from a stray punch given by a child. The young boy was identified as the son of Dennis Scott who was Shaq’s teammate in Orlando.
Fans went berserk over the situation taking their shots at the former champ. Here are a few reactions after the same boy managed to sneak a punch on O’Neal’s face again seven years apart.
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