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Howard says he expected more of Shaq

Posted on: February 12, 2010 5:39 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2010 6:04 pm
DALLAS -- If Shaquille O'Neal had directed his latest tirade at someone else, we would've had a good old fashioned sniping contest Friday at All-Star media day. Dwight Howard wasn't having it.

Howard took the high road, in more ways than one. Not only did he refuse to return jabs at O'Neal -- who once again took verbal swipes at his heir apparent Thursday night in Cleveland -- but Howard took it a step farther.

He did something that nobody has been able to do on the court for 17 years. He made Shaq look small.

"I would never take a shot at anybody," Howard said. "It doesn't matter if you're trying to motivate them or anything. Shaq has been in the league for a long time. He has a very lengthy resume. I just started. I'm only 24 years old and I have a long way to go. The only thing I would want from Shaq -- or any of the older guys who’ve been in my position -- is to help me grow as a player and as a person. That’s what my job would be as I get older. It’s to help the new guys who come in grow into better players and not try to bring them down or talk about them in a bad light. I would want to be that person that younger guys could look up to and ask for advice on how to carry themselves on and off the court."

If Shaq doesn't feel like a big enough doofus for trotting out his tired "Superman impostor" routine on Howard, there's more.

"I just wouldn't expect somebody to do that," Howard said. "There’s nothing I can do about it. He said what he had to say, it didn't sit too well with me personally. I felt like Shaq being who he is and what he’s done for the NBA ... I thought it would be better for him to try to help me through things instead of trying to put me down -- especially in front of you guys. That part kind of stuck with me., I would never talk bad or say anything to put him down."


Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2010 12:59 pm

Howard says he expected more of Shaq

"An insult cloaked in the slippery cloth of righteousness." ....... i love it.... so true

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2010 12:07 pm

Howard says he expected more of Shaq

Patrick is far better person than Shaq for this kind of role.That's funny stuff.  You're kind of ignoring the fact that that's Ewing's JOB, aren't you?  So a few retired big men become assistant coaches?  That makes them some kind "special individuals" who know about sportsmanship?  LOL!  That makes them guys who didn't want to leave the game - nothing more, nothing less. 

Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2010 11:24 am

Howard says he expected more of Shaq

Hey Mr. DumbA$$ writer. How about doing what any 4th grader is taught and give us a little "history" on the subject.
Not all of us have the time to follow the life and times of Shaq on a constant basis so it might behove you to give us an idea of WTF it is you are talking about. So big Shaq opened his big Yap and said something really profound again? WOW, scintilating. Well it may be if I new WTF it is he said. Dumb-ee.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2010 11:24 am

Howard says he expected more of Shaq

Howard is one of the most valuable players in the NBA.  He doesn't need to respond at all, but if he does, the "high road" would've been "That's just Shaq being Shaq" or something of that nature.  He's just acting like a big baby here.

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2010 7:59 am

Howard says he expected more of Shaq

Shaq is very much part of the "me first" hip hop rappin have a big posse crowd. You will never ever see humility or benevolence from these types. Dwight Howard should be happy enough that Patrick Ewing in on the Orlando staff helping the big man out. Patrick is far better person than Shaq for this kind of role. There have been many big men once they retire who have come back to the NBA as a coach of some sort. Those are special individuals who know that "sport" is all about "sportsmanship"! You will never find that in a me first dude like Shaq, AI, etc etc. These folks are from an era where its all about them and their Bentley's. Wax on wax off.

Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2010 5:34 am

Howard says he expected more of Shaq

What ever happened to competition.Fans want their team to have a health dislike for their opponent.Whether it's real or not.I dont mind my competition being in business.I just am not going to help "teach them my tricks" or bring them along.I appreciate Shaq keeping it fun and not loving the opponent.Thats how I want my sports.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2010 4:35 am

Bunch of children...

Shaq is not Superman. Superman is a comic book character. Even as a comic book character, the point of Superman is not just some big muscles. 90% of the characters in comic books have big muscles. Superman is characterized by a completely selfless, highly righteous moral ideal of truth, justice and all of that. You know, all the stuff in which Shaq is clearly and sorely lacking. Shaq should either grow up or choose some other muscled comic that is way more egocentric and narcissistic...for a better fit. Heck, the way these two conducted themselves in this situation, Howard is clearly closer to the "Superman" ideal...but he's not any Superman either. Poor Supes...his name is always being used and abused in other people's demented agendas. If it's not Jung and Hitler, it's two infantile rich men. Who the heck labeled Shaq "Superman" in the first place? I believe it was Shaq himself, wasn't it? What a dufus. Okay, he was in a movie as "John Henry Irons" or "Steel." John Henry Irons was not Clark Kent. Steel was not Superman. Shaq was also in a movie as "Ka-zam." Maybe he should just stick to being called Ka-zam. That'll be his new nickname now. What once was old is new again, and what comes around goes around.

Big Brad
Since: Jul 3, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2010 4:21 am
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Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2010 4:07 am

Howard says he expected more of Shaq

When Dr J and Michael Jordan came to the end of their careers they passed the torch from Dr to MJ and from MJ to Kobe .Are you joking?  Jordan never gave anyone anything.  Like most legendary athletes, he owned (owns) a legendary ego.  He took offense to anything anyone did that could ever be considered the smallest slight - things that most people wouldn't have even noticed, much less taken offense to.  I'm not faulting him for it - that edge is part of what made him so great.  I just think it's funny people depict him as some noble ambassador of the game because he was as petty as the next superstar.

Dr. J though?  Now there's a different story.  Legendary player, legendary man. 

BTW, I think the line about making Shaq look small had nothing to do with physical stature.

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2010 2:28 am

Howard says he expected more of Shaq

Hakeem and Big Ben could "handle" Shaq?

1.  Hakeem was an absolute stud and his team squashed the Magic 4-0 in the finals in the mid 90's, but Hakeem was just as helpless as anybody throughout his entire career trying to defend Shaq.  Hakeem got the better of Shaq only on the offensive end of the floor, and just by a little bit and that was just in one series. 

2.  Big Ben?  I'm confused.  Big Ben could never touch Shaq.  It was a ridiculous mismatch of size and Ben has always been helpless.  Unless you are speaking of games over the last couple years where Shaq has been nowhere the same player, Ben was like a flea on Shaq's shoulder.  Are you speaking of double and triple teams?  I have a hard time giving credit to one defender when that is the method used to handle Shaq.

There isn't a defender in NBA history that could handle Shaq one on one when Shaq was in his prime.  Way too strong, way too explosive, way too determined, way too mean.

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