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Known for Hating Active Big Men, Shaquille O’Neal Shockingly Praises Anthony Davis For Breaking His Record

Adit Pujari

Shaquille O'Neal, who is awfully hard on the active big men, surprisingly praised Lakers star Anthony Davis.

Shaquille O’Neal is a generational talent. His on-court dominance remains unparalleled. During his peak, the 7ft 1″ giant made his matchups look like ‘puny humans.’ His superhuman strength combined with unhinged aggressiveness combined with his complementing skills and moves made O’Neal a legend.

Since his retirement, O’Neal has rarely been impressed by big men. Though recent times have seen the resurgence of centers in Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid, O’Neal still often criticizes the league for not producing enough big men like they did in the past. When the league hyped Dwight Howard, Shaq was the first to criticize him. Perhaps his career as a legendary big man demands that he scrutinize current players even more.

That being said, Shaquille O’Neal has surprisingly broken his usual protocol for Anthony Davis. The Lakers legend shared his admiration for the current Laker star on his Instagram.

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Shaquille O’Neal praised Anthony Davis on Instagram

In last night’s game, Anthony Davis broke a long-standing Shaquille O’Neal record. He finally registered more 35+ points and 15+ rebound games than Shaq in the 2000s. The record does not account for any such games Shaq may have recorded before the 2000s.

AD scored 35 points last night against the Pelicans in just 33 minutes with 61.1% efficiency from the field. He also had 17 rebounds in the game. With this, AD pushed his total tally of such games to 35. Shaquille O’Neal posted a graphic of AD breaking his record on his Instagram. This is rare for O’Neal who has on several occasions attacked Davis.

Anthony Davis has still not broken Shaq’s all-time record

In all fairness, despite O’Neal’s praise, this is merely a forced stat. In reality, Anthony Davis is still 3rd on the all-time list. He has registered only 35 games with 35+ points and 15+ rebounds. Shaq on the other hand has had 51 such games. The man in the second spot with 39 such games is O’Neal’s NBA on TNT cast member Charles Barkley.

It’s hard to imagine if Davis could actually break Anthony’s record in the future. However, Charles Barkley’s spot is certainly up for grabs. Anthony Davis could, by all means, rise to the second spot soon.

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Adit Pujari

Adit Pujari


Adit Pujari is an NBA Journalist and Strategist at The SportsRush. He formerly worked as a debate and writing trainer. An avid fan of Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers, Adit began following the league in 2007. With the Lakers and Boston Celtics rivalry ripe, he found himself hooked to the sport immediately. After 15 years of religiously following the league, he decided to use his knowledge base as a sports writer in 2021. Since then, he has worked as an NBA writer, led a team of MLB writers, and has now joined The SportsRush. In his spare time, Adit loves playing pickup games and exploring hidden Himalayan trails.

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