What a great way to start the weekend: What we have is Boston Celtics guard Nate Robinson dunking on one Shaquille O’Neal, the target for most, if not all of Robinson’s shenanigans. It should be fun watching these two go at it all season.
Shaq is currently being outdone. I don’t expect that to last much longer.
In light of the Shaq-to-Cleveland-to-entice-LeBron-to-stay trade, here’s a little celebratory dance number, provided by King and the Big Aristotle himself. Is this the kind of pregame activities we can expect from Cleveland’s new duo? Better yet, will Shaq’s “I’m staying in the paint” mentality actually make it harder for LeBron to get to the rim, seeing how Shaq’s man will probably always be close, potentially clogging the lane?
That, my friends, is another question for another day. For now, lets just enjoy the two dancing machines in action.
I’m convinced the on again/off again Shaq/Kobe “feud” will never go away. Not as long as either has a voice to speak with. Normally, it’s Shaq saying something about the way his ass tastes or some other nonsense, leaving Kobe in a position to respond. Granted, he doesn’t have to say anything when his ex-running mate tries to battle rap, but then, where would the fun be in that? So when Magic Johnson asked Kobe about winning with O’Neal, Kobe says Shaq would not have won without him.
And you know what? He’s right.
The one thing all four of O’Neal’s rings have in common is him being paired with an incredible shooting guard, who essentially carries the perimeter game, while Shaq controls the paint. Granted, these types of basketball relationships are more symbiotic than parasitic — that is, one can’t survive, or in this case, win, without the other — but the point remains. Look, we borrowed video from ESPN so you can see what Kobe has to say:
Here’s a nice find by Awful Announcing demonstrating the Disney brand’s creativity when it comes to promoting the NBA Finals. Coming from a person who is beginning to despise the Kobe/LeBron meme, it’s nice to see the folks at ESPN/ABC/Disney get this one right. Granted, if the Lakers and Cleveland do happen to make it the Finals, I can see this image being altered to feature alternating pictures of King and Mamba.
You know it’s true, so you might as well embrace it.
In case you are having a hard time figuring out who’s who — if so, it might be time for a remedial course in NBA basketball, but I digress — we have Jordan, Alcindor, Bird, Garnett, Shaq, Russell, and Magic… Just not in that order.
That image, my friends, is the background image Tyson Chandler uses for his Twitter account, and let me tell you, that thing might just be too hot for Twitter. Are the tweeters of the world ready for that much debonair masculinity? I’m not and I just made an Anna Kournikova post. Looking at all that style and sophistication makes me feel like less of a man, somehow; as I sit here in cargo shorts and a hoodie. Anyway, thanks to the Twitter stalking habits of Deadspin (don’t worry, we all do it), we now know what Chandler’s goal is: To have more followers than Shaquille O’Neal’s Twitter account. As it stands, Chandler has his work cut out for him, even with that “I’m so damn hot” background picture.
Looks like you light about 242,000 and change, Tyson. Although, once word spreads about Chandler’s Twitter account, expect his follower numbers to increase exponentially. A quarter of a million more, however, might be a little too much to ask. We’ll soon see.
In other Twitter/sports blog news, the IF Twitter account picked up Charlie Murphy as a follower yesterday. My initial response was along the lines of “OMG” and “F**K YEAH!” Hey man, you take your victories where you can get them.
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.
No offense to Larry Hughes, but when he’s the biggest name of the NBA’s trading deadline day, all of that potential pomp and circumstance has officially ended not with a bang, but with an almost impotent fizzle. Oh, there was plenty of talk. Names like Amare Stoudemire, Richard Jefferson, Vince Carter and Shaq were tossed around, but nothing of note materialized from all of that hot air.
Some teams tried to make deals, but failed because of failed physicals. Others swapped secondary parts as names like the pictured Larry Hughes, Andres Nocioni, Tim Thomas, Chris Wilcox and Jermaine O’Neal changed teams, but there weren’t any “AI to Denver” blockbusters to discuss.
Wouldn’t you know it? The one time the NBA uses IntentionalFoul.com to promote one of their viral videos showing what goes on behind the scenes of ESPN’s NBA RV, the video winds up getting dropped because of “questionable content.” Apparently, Shaq’s reaction to Breen’s “fist kiss” request — “No fist kiss, no fist love, no fist hump. None of that. You’re a weirdo man. Stay over there. Fist kiss. Disgusting.” — is considering offensive to those who protect the interests of America’s gay population.
Upon reading Shaq’s line, you can see why folks who are sensitive to that sort of thing might be concerned. But is it wrong for a person, in this case Shaq, to not be interested in anything that suggests man-on-man relations?