Shaquille O’Neal. NBA Hall of Famer. Best Center to ever do it. (Debate me.) Rapper. Actor. Dancer. All around Talent. Honorary Deputy. NBA Commentator. At this point, which is bigger, him, or his resume. Well, it might get an inch up, as Shaq has announced that he plans to run for Sheriff in 2020.
I am Kazaam
Imagine the seven-foot-one, 325 pound giant, climbing out of a police cruiser to cite you for your cell phone. Also, imagine the same guy, pop-locking with the Jabbawockeez dance group before the 2009 All-Star Game, which he was also playing in.
A personality throughout his NBA Career translated well as commentator on Inside the NBA with Charles Barkley, Kenny “The Jet” Smith and Ernie Johnson, he contributes with his antics, bombastic, and I-did-my-time attitude.
Recently, he had a twitter beef with JaVale McGee, a backup on the Golden State Warriors who has been featured repeatedly on ‘Shaqtin’ a Fool’, a segment that highlights the lowlights of NBA Players. It got personal until Shaq’s Mom intervened, allegedly.
Why girls never stand flat footed in pictures!?
— Javale McGee (@JaValeMcGee34) May 10, 2017
2K18 Cover Athlete
Besides the announcement, O’Neal is being featured on 2K’s 2k18 Basketball as the cover athlete. Shaq has had his share of cover athlete fame, appearing on earlier versions of the 2K franchise, NBA Live by EA, NBA Showtime and the 2003 version of NBA Jam.
No one my age will forget the fighting game Shaq-Fu for Super Nintendo and Sega Genisis. Shaq Fu starred Shaq in 16-bit glory fighting against an evil mummy. Look, If the last sentence was confusing, ask your Father, Aunt, Uncle or older siblings.
A promo for 2k18 jabbed at the rivalry between Shaquille and Kobe Bryant, following their NBA FInals three-peat from 2000 to 2003. The respective powerhouses tussled over their roles on the Los Angeles Lakers. Shaq and Kobe traded blows over press releases questioning each others game. Their 2003-04 run, bolstered by additions of Karl Malone and Gary Payton, fell short. A trade sent Shaq to the Miami Heat and a rising star in Dwyane Wade.
The comradery lost, the rivalry became incendiary. Kobe brought to light sexual escapades where he allegedly paid hush money in Shaq’s favor. On Christmas Day 2004, they clashed. Shaq fouled out that game after a few run-ins with Kobe. Reporters compared Shaquille to ‘a brick wall’ which Kobe waved off. Eventually, the Shaq-Kobe feud passed, but ingrained itself in pop culture, ultimately, being played for laughs in Scary Movie 4.