Shaquille O’Neal dishes on beef with David Robinson
NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal says he never had beef with fellow NBA legend David Robinson off of the court.
“The Diesel” did admit to Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson of Heavy that whatever beef with “The Admiral” he had was made up:
“David was just so nice and respectful. He’s just a nice guy. I’m not a bully. You have to piss me off for me to get mad. David was, ‘Hey Shaq how ya doin? How’s your family?’ So nice and – so I had to make something up just to make me mad and then when I came down to San Antonio and the fans start booing me – ‘Oh you’re booing me in my hometown?’
“And then it was like a hatred thing for David and the Spurs. But it was all made up.”
O’Neal is arguably the most dominant center in NBA history. Shaq averaged 23.7 points and 10.9 rebounds during his illustrious playing career. He won four NBA titles, three Finals MVPs and was the 2000 regular season MVP.
Robinson, meanwhile, had one heck of a career with the San Antonio Spurs. Because of naval service, Robinson missed the first two years of his NBA career. Once he came into the league, though, he was a force.
“D-Rob” averaged 21.1 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game with the Spurs. He was the 1995 regular season MVP, the 1992 Defensive Player of the Year, the 1990 Rookie of the Year and a two-time NBA champion.
Shaquille O’Neal may be the greatest center of all-time, but we shouldn’t forget just how good David Robinson was either.
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