Lakers icon Shaquille O’Neal names the four all-time greats who he was absolutely terrified playing against, including Michael Jordan.
Shaquille O’Neal is considered to be one of the greatest players in NBA history. Being one of the most dominant athletes in league history, Shaq was a force to reckon with. Being a 7-foot-1 beast, O’Neal managed to revolutionise how the centre position is played.
The Diesel has one of the most decorated resumes in league history. Being a 4-time champion, 15-time All-Star, league MVP and Hall-Of-Famer, there is virtually no accolade that Shaq didn’t achieve in his illustrious 19-year career. With his body type, the Lakers legend was a commanding force down in the post, on both ends of the floors.
No player in their right minds would even attempt to take a charge from the 325-pound barbarian. In fact, some of the league’s superstars were even scared of guarding the 2-time scoring champ.
Shaq was definitely an intimidating character. Even though it might seem a bit hard to believe, there were a few players who O’Neal was absolutely terrified to play against.
“I was terrified to play against MJ, Ewing, Dominique and David Robinson”: Shaquille O’Neal
There must have been several players who still must be getting nightmares, guarding the wrath of Shaquille O’Neal. However, in a recent interview, Shaq revealed the players who managed to scare him on the court. In a recent interview episode of his “The Big Podcast”, Shaq disclosed:
“I mentioned this a couple years a couple months ago about when I was playing against Jordan how terrified I was. There was only a couple players that when I first went up against, I was terrified.
“Patrick Ewing, terrified because I grew up watching him because you know he knows I’m from New Jersey, I had a pair of orange and blue Ewings. I actually was terrified of Mike. Man, I was terrified of getting dunked on by Dominique, and I was terrified of David Robinson.”
Shaq did have a pretty tough battle against all these four all-time greats. While facing his fears and playing against them, O’Neal did manage to take a few learnings from their games and incorporated into his own. Today, Shaquille O’Neal has retired as an all-time great and is considered the greatest centre in the sport’s history.