Shaquille O’Neal claims 1-on-1 game was like Grant Hill, wanted to put moves on Hakeem Olajuwon
NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal recently said his one-on-one game was like fellow Hall of Famer Grant Hill. The Diesel also admitted he wanted to put moves on Hakeem Olajuwon back in the day.
When he was slim with the Orlando Magic, O’Neal sometimes displayed his point center skills. The four-time champion told Tom Haberstroh of NBC Sports that his NBA game was nothing like his one-on-one skills:
“My NBA game was nothing like my one-on-one game,” Shaquille O’Neal said. “My one-on-one game was similar to Grant Hill. I could handle it, put it between the legs, do a lot of tricks and all that stuff. (Olajuwon) wouldn’t have been expecting that. He wouldn’t have been ready for that. I wanted to be able to showcase a different game.”
This vintage footage of Shaquille O’Neal playing Michael Jordan one-on-one at an All-Star Game sort of gave a glimpse into Shaq’s one-on-one arsenal. O’Neal was also slated to play in a highly publicized one-on-one game against Olajuwon, but it wound up getting canceled because of an injury to the Houston Rockets legend.
While it would have been neat to watch O’Neal showcase those moves against Olajuwon and in NBA games, fans had enough fun watching him dominate in the post. Shaq is universally recognized as the most dominant player in NBA history.
During his legendary NBA career, The Big Aristotle averaged 23.7 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists. He won three titles with the Los Angeles Lakers and one with the Miami Heat. Shaq was a three-time Finals MVP and the 2000 regular-season MVP.
Shaquille O’Neal was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016.