Shaquille O’Neal says he would have been like Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo if he entered the NBA today
Ben Golliver of the Washington Post asked O’Neal who would he be like if he’s still playing ball today. For O’Neal, he’d still possess the brute strength but will have some additional ball handling skills — just like Antetokounmpo.
TNT’s Shaquille O’Neal said he would be like Giannis Antetokounmpo if entered the NBA as a rookie today: “I’d be the Greek Freak. A guy who can handle and go to the hole with force. I tried to do that but my coaches weren’t having it.” pic.twitter.com/Z79KEi75Tb
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) February 14, 2019
For those who followed O’Neal’s career, the big guy could actually dribble the ball very well. Especially in his first few years in the NBA as a member of the Orlando Magic.
There are various clips of him bringing up the ball in a fastbreak situation and finishing it off with a power slam. And when he’s not looking to score, he can unleash no-look passes like a point guard:
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He was also very quick and mobile, too — just like the Greek Freak.
Although he didn’t possess a reliable jump shot, it probably would’ve been different today. Today’s game demands that even seven footers should have a smooth stroke from the outside.
O’Neal’s coaches would have told him to add a jump shot to his arsenal.