Shaquille O’Neal and Dwight Howard have one of the NBA’s longest-running beefs. The feud between O’Neal and Howard started when Dwight put on a Superman costume in the 2008 dunk contest– which Shaq considered as taking his persona– and it’s only gotten sillier from there.
One thing Shaq has consistently harped on throughout the years is that Howard had actually never won a ring. That complaint is no more. Howard delighted in something of a profession resurgence this season with the Lakers, becoming a key bench piece for the team that won the 2020 NBA Finals
As the Lakers were celebrating their champion in the locker space, Howard went live on Instagram and gave an emotional message to the fans about never providing up on your dreams. At least that’s how it appeared to everybody however O’Neal.
On The Huge Podcast With Shaq, O’Neal blasted Howard by calling him a “front-runner” and “bandwagon jumper” and suggested he didn’t have anything to do with the Lakers’ title.
” There’s a lot on gamers on their little instagram bragging like they was the reason they got the champion. I’m not going to say any names. Sit your ass down, you didn’t not do anything. Stop that. Post one picture and sit your ass down”
O’Neal plainly does not like Howard. He’s felt in this manner for more than a decade. Even still, it’s difficult to listen to this audio clip without believing Shaq is acting insecure and being totally unjust to Howard.
While it’s real that Howard didn’t have a huge effect on the Finals– he played 71 minutes in the six-game series, which ranked ninth on the group– Dwight’s contributions definitely assisted LA get that far. Undoubtedly LeBron James and Anthony Davis are the biggest factors for LA’s championship, however it takes a complete team effort to win, and Howard was no doubt one of the gamers who assisted the squad surface with the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and eventually march through the playoffs.
Shaq should not pretend like he’s so opposed to ‘ring chasing’ either. O’Neal signed with the Boston Celtics ahead of the 2010-2011 season following Kobe Bryant‘s remark that he had one more title than Shaq after his winning his fifth ring a few months previously. The Shaq experiment in Boston didn’t go so well– he battled injuries throughout the season, missing out on Boston’s first round series and hardly playing in their second round series. He retired after they were gotten rid of and immediately joined TNT, where he’s spent a lot of time slamming Howard on TV.
Shaq and Dwight Howard‘s beef history is a must-watch
The Secret Base team put together a great video on the history of Shaq’s relationship with Howard, that ran in early2019 See it here:
A few takeaways:
- Shaq and Dwight’s paths through the NBA are remarkably similar. Both prepared by the Orlando Magic, both joined the Lakers in their primes, both feuded with Kobe Bryant.
- Howard was one of the best players in the NBA at his peak, but his peak didn’t last very long. At this moment, no one would suggest that Howard’s career has been anything near to O’Neal’s. That’s completely fine. Dwight is still one of the very best huge guys of his generation, and one day will likely deserve to enter into the Hall of Popularity. O’Neal simply doesn’t need to feel threatened by him anymore due to the fact that Shaq was clearly a much better gamer for much longer.
Shaq feels like he ‘owns’ the persona, which is quite ludicrous. Is Shaq going to begin beef with Cam Newton next?
Dwight has his own responsibility in the fight as Beef History lays out. No one would miss it if he stopped doing his (poor) Shaq impression. At this point, O’Neal feels like he has a personal vendetta against Dwight.
There is no need to for Shaq to act so upset that Dwight won a ring. Provided how long O’Neal has held onto the beef, we’re thinking this will not be the last chapter, however it certainly feels like the stupidest.