Shaq Flops for Dwight Howard
It was the battle of the Incredible Hulk/Superman basketball players last night as Orlando hosted Phoenix, meaning Dwight Howard and the resurgent Shaq went head-to-head. That also means about 590 pounds of combined basketball player beat on each other for about 40 minutes or so, and while O’Neal might be unimpressed with Dwight Howard’s Superman act — saying he did it all first — it didn’t stop Shaq from flopping when Howard shook him out of his shoes with a quick spin move that apparently left the Phoenix man-child quite dizzy. Dizzy enough to flop, something O’Neal himself has expressed his disdain for.
“I was shocked, seriously, shocked,” Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said of O’Neal’s flopping. “And very disappointed cause he knows what it’s like. Let’s stand up and play like men, and I think our guy did that tonight.”
These words come on the heels of Shaq’s statements about Howard, something Howard didn’t really understand. Whatever the case, Howard got the last laugh; first by spinning Shaq into a much-maligned flop and then by beating the Suns, a team fighting for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Perhaps O’Neal needs to quit worry so much about the fun Howard is having and let the new Superman play his game.
I mean, don’t you have to actually beat someone before you can talk trash? Yes, I know Shaq’s a “been there, done that” player, but history doesn’t mean a whole lot when a player can make you look foolish with a simple spin move.