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Shaquille O'Neal's NBA MMA hit list

Posted on: August 12, 2011 4:28 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2011 4:30 pm
Posted by Ben Gollivershaq-barkley-fight

The ongoing NBA lockout has Shaquille O'Neal stuck in an awkward purgatory between "ruining the Boston Celtics' season" and "getting paid to make fun of Kenny Smith on a full-time basis".

How is O'Neal spending his days now that he's retired from the NBA as a player but not yet able to offer television commentary? By dabbling in Mixed Martial Arts, of course.

O'Neal joined a panel of fringe characters who operate on the margins of society on HDNet's Inside MMA program to discuss who he would like to take on in an MMA fight. Who made up O'Neal's hit list? A bunch of the usual suspect -- retired power forwards -- and one surprise: O'Neal's most recent boss, the President of the Boston Celtics.

"I don't know about this new NBA," O'Neal said. "I'm going to answer that with some old school players. Charles Oakley, definitely. [Charles] Barkley, [Karl] Malone, Xavier McDaniel and I'm going to throw a white guy in there. Who should I pick for a white guy? Not Larry Bird. I'm going to go with Danny Ainge. Because Danny Ainge one time bit Tree Rollins' finger almost off." 

There was one current player who O'Neal could see entering the ring.

"Ron Artest, you know you could probably put in there," O'Neal said. "But other than that, I'm not sure."

Here's the video of O'Neal's appearance courtesy of YouTube user HDNetFights.

Hat tip: Los Angeles Times

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2011 9:09 am

Shaquille O'Neal's NBA MMA hit list

Out of all the names that Shaq mentioned I'd pick Artest.  That may be the best fight conisdering the rest are old.  Didn't Oakley just get beaten up?

Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: August 13, 2011 11:06 pm

Shaquille O'Neal's NBA MMA hit list

Would love to see Bruce Boen get his face beaten in and then knocked the F out. Karl Malone dabbled in professional wrestling in the past, so it's not like he's above doing something crazy like this. Teamed with Diamond Dallas Page to take on Hollywood Hogan and Dennis Rodman (if my memory is correct).

Jimmy Shelton
Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: August 13, 2011 11:14 am
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Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2011 10:57 am

Shaquille O'Neal's NBA MMA hit list

Yes Karl Malone is a great guy...just ask Isiah's and David Robison's faces...or his children he doesn't tend to running around...idiot

Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: August 12, 2011 10:21 pm

Shaquille O'Neal's NBA MMA hit list

Gotta love Shaq Diesel!  Who else is this entertaining.  The thing is, I think that Charles Oakley and Sir Charles would probably take him up on his offer.  Leave Karl Malone out of this, he's a good guy and enjoys the outdoors.  He wouldn't waste his time fighting, he'd rather hunt or fish probably.  Not sure how good any fight with Shaq in it would be.  I'm getting tired of guys like Kimbo, Toney, and other guys like that proving to the world that they don't have what it takes.  Shaq has a reputation that will be lost quickly if he steps in the octagon with someone with any MMA ability.  

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