Shaquille O’Neal once showed up to Lakers practice wearing only sneakers
There really is nobody quite like Shaquille O’Neal.
The four-time NBA champion was all business on the court during games, but his sense of humor was second to none.
We’ve all heard his ridiculous jokes and humorous nicknames like the Big Aristotle, but Phil Jackson revealed that O’Neal would also partake in some practical jokes that involved a lack of clothing.
On Monday night, O’Neal and Jackson spoke at an American Express event in New York, discussing how the Lakers built their dynasty in the early 2000s. Eventually, the conversation took a turn to the hilarious.
“Well, you know, numbers of times, he could crack a team up with humorous effects on the floor. There were times when he shocked us all in a practice situation, especially when he showed up nude with just his shoes on.”
Shaq played it off as if he didn’t remember anything about it, smirking in the process.
The coach said “every few days or every week or so” the big man would come barreling around a locker room corner completely nude and tackle a teammate or coaching staff member to the ground where he would roll around with them in what he called “Brazilian naked wrestling.”
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