“He likes chocolate bars!” Shaquille O’Neal recalls WILD encounter with Dirk Nowitzki’s wife

Shaquille O’Neal and Dirk Nowitzki are two of the greatest players in NBA history.

“He likes chocolate bars!” Shaquille O’Neal recalls WILD encounter with Dirk Nowitzki’s wife

Shaquille O’Neal, Dirk Nowitzki and his wife

NBA legends Shaquille O’Neal and Dirk Nowitzki appeared on “The Big Podcast with Shaquille O’Neal” and had a hilarious conversation. O’Neal shared a funny story about meeting Nowitzki’s wife, Jessica Olsson, and joked that he realized Nowitzki likes chocolate.

The two retired stars showed off their playful banter and camaraderie, giving viewers an entertaining look into their friendship. Dirk Nowitzki even shared that he was warmly accepted by the Black community after marrying Olsson and received invitations to cookouts and gatherings.

I found out accidentally, and I don't know if Dirk knows this, but we all leave the same way. So one day, there was this gorgeous person standing right there, and I was like, oh… It was like, that's Dirk's wife. I was like, oh, okay, my bad. But after that, I knew that he was down. I knew that he liked the chocolate. I knew that he likes the chocolate bars. Yes, I knew that it was good.
Shaquille O’Neal said on the Big Podcast

Their conversation was full of humor and insight, showcasing their strong bond. Both Shaquille O’Neal and Nowitzki have a deep appreciation for each other’s skills on the court.

During their playing days, Big Shaq dominated with averages of 23.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game, while Nowitzki impressed with averages of 22.1 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game. Their impressive stats and accolades cement their legacies as two of the greatest players in NBA history.

Shaq reveals he wanted to join forces with Dirk Nowitzki in Dallas

Shaquille O’Neal revealed on “The Big Podcast” that he wanted to be traded to the Dallas Mavericks to play alongside Dirk Nowitzki. O’Neal said he called Mark Cuban after wanting to leave the Lakers, but the trade was rejected by Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak, leading to his eventual trade to Miami.

Trust me, I tried to get to Dallas many times--Me and Mark [Cuban] was working behind the scenes, like right after I [wanted to leave] L.A., Mark was the first person I called, but [former Lakers General Manager] Mitch Kupchak didn't want to trade me to Mark so they ended up [sending] me to Miami.
Shaquille O’Neal said

Nowitzki and O’Neal discussed what could have been if they had played together in Dallas. While Shaq was nearing the end of his prime in 2004, he was still a key player in Miami’s 2006 championship win over the Mavericks. The duo could have potentially led the Mavericks to a championship that year and dominated for a few more seasons.

O’Neal’s production declined after the 2006 championship, but he had one last strong season with Phoenix in 2008-2009 before finishing his career with less successful stints in Cleveland and Boston. But it would have surely been great to see a Shaq-Nowitzki partnership.

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