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Shaquille O’Neal fires back at claims that he’s not skilled

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NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal is not done jawing back at online critics who continue to question his legacy as one of the best centers to ever play the game.

The now 48-year-old TNT analyst responded to a supposed unpopular opinion on Instagram, which claimed that Shaq had a limited skillset and only prospered because of his “one in a billion body” and unfair physical gifts.

 

Shaq, of course, never lets such acts of disrespect slide and dropped a comment on the trending post.

“And still he’s the most dominant player ever,” The Big Aristotle wrote, along with the hashtag #workoutforwhat.

Shaquille O’Neal has been in the headlines as of late after re-igniting his feud with current Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard. The legendary big called out Howard for his supposed over-the-top celebration for the Lakers’ 2020 championship and claimed he didn’t have much to do with it.

Obviously, some fans are not happy with the old timer’s controversial remarks and went on to question O’Neal’s own accomplishments.

The Big Diesel’s sheer dominance, meanwhile, has never been questioned especially at his prime in the ’90s and mid-2000s. The 7-foot-1 force of nature practically bullied his way in the paint to a tune of four NBA titles, three Finals MVPs, and one regular-season MVP.

However, some pundits questioned Shaq’s supposedly weak work ethic. Many believe he could have even been more dominant had he put in extra work on his game and not just rely on his physical tools.

Still, it’s quite unfair to diminish Shaq’s legacy simply because he was bigger and stronger than the rest of his competition. The league, after all, has seen plenty of gigantic guys over the years but no one has ever had the ridiculous mix of grace and raw power that Shaq displayed.