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Shaq excerpt of the day: Big Baby violence

Posted on: November 3, 2011 10:48 am
 
By Matt Moore

Shaq was going to kill Kobe. Shaq says LeBron got his way too much in Cleveland. Shaq's new book, "Shaq Uncut" is turning out to be confirmation of what most people have thought for years. And each day there's a new set of wholly unsurprising yet "Jeez, you don't have to actually say it" excerpts that hit the web. 

Today's Shaq du jour?  Last season with the Celtics, Shaq was open. He was ready. He would destroy. And Glen Davis wouldn't give him the ball. O'Neal says his response was less than benevolent. From the Boston Globe

 
“Big Baby” Davis kept looking me off and taking it himself. Doc is shouting at him to go inside, but he won’t. So Doc calls timeout and draws up a play for me. I go out there, and I back Andrew Bynum way under the rim. I’m loose, I’m ready. I’ve got Bynum under the basket and again, Baby won’t give me the ball. So I go up to him and say, “If you ever miss me again I’m going to punch you in the face.” I was hot.

Two nights later we’re playing in Sacramento and here we go again. I take three shots the entire game and again I’ve got my man isolated underneath the basket, and Baby ignores me and takes a jump shot. So the next time we’re in the huddle I let Baby have it.

I tell him, “Pass the [expletive] ball inside.” He comes back at me a little bit and now I’m really heated. All hell is breaking loose. We’re going back and forth. Doc is standing there and he’s not saying a word. The message is pretty clear: Work this out yourselves. I tell Baby, “You’re a selfish player. Everyone on this team knows it.” Hey, all the fans knew it. He takes shots when he shouldn’t.
via Shaq spills some Celtics secrets in new book -Celtics blog - Boston Globe basketball news.

Davis was never really known for his mid-range jumper until the 2009 playoffs, when he went to it with great success against the Magic. But since then, it's declined. Davis shot 41 percent from 16-23 feet in 2009, but just 33 percent in 2010 and 35 percent in 2011. Too often Davis tends to think that's a shot he should focus on, when his strengths are at the rim cleaning up the offensive glass.

O'Neal's defense fell apart in his later years, but surprisingly, his offense remained effective. But if Davis was aware as Shaq claims everyone on the Celtics should have been that he couldn't be relied on, how could he be expected to pass to him? How do you depend on someone you know you can't depend on?

This story will not help Davis in free agency which he's expected to hit once the offseason begins. If it begins.  

(HT: SLAM
Comments

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 12:27 pm
 

Shaq excerpt of the day: Big Baby violence

Wait, is Shaq saying that players on NBA teams do not always see eye to eye and agree with each other?  Is he saying that when their are so many ego's in a group that it is hard to reach a consensus?

What a joke, Shaq is merely stating the obvious.  Whether he is calling out Big Baby (great name, he is a baby) or anyone else, this is no secret.  Every player thinks he is the man come clutch time (except maybe LeBron, for obvious reasons).

NBA, Go Away!



Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 12:26 pm
 

Shaq excerpt of the day: Big Baby violence



 but if Shaq is going to have a best seller the man has got to tell on someone anyone but himself.

I disagree jersey, it seems as though Shaq is revealling an awful lot about himself in this book. Just from the quotes you can come to the realization that Shaq has always been a bully that relies on his size and strength and use of intimidation to solve problems rather than talking or using intilect. Just the threats given to Kobe and Davis have painted a very unflattering picture of Shaq.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2011 11:46 am
 

Shaq excerpt of the day: Big Baby violence

"So I go up to him and say, 'If you ever miss me again I’m going to punch you in the face.'” . . .Two nights later we’re playing in Sacramento and here we go again. . . . Baby ignores me and takes a jump shot. . . .Doc is standing there and he’s not saying a word."
Dear Reader, he didn't punch him after all.  Are we to conclude from this that O'Neal doesn't keep his promises?  Or, to put it another way, that Davis called O'Neal's bluff and got away with it? 

This story will not help Davis in free agency
Perhaps.  But it won't help O'Neal's own reputation in posterity, either.


SOX=KEG KILLERS
Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 10:47 am
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Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2011 9:17 am
 

Shaq excerpt of the day: Big Baby violence

Shaq sure is coming off like an ass in all these excerpts, but I have to admit.....I think this book is going to be a really entertaining read.



Since: Dec 24, 2010
Posted on: November 4, 2011 6:14 am
 

Shaq excerpt of the day: Big Baby violence

i think shaq is confirming everything i have commented about him on this site. i am a laker fan of 50 years and the years he was on the team were my worst years as a fan. i do not even count the championships the lakers got when he was on the team because of the special treatment he got while he was on it. again he in my opinion was the creator of the "pro hop" and ruined the nba for years to come. now that he is gone i was hoping that the pro hop aka "travelling" would be reinstated to the league and things would improve but obviously things are not going that way. i don't suppose he is going to mention in his book how the league changed the rules for a man his size who should have been playing football instead of basketball. think about this, if guys his size who play football decided to play basketball because of that size advantage were not able to achieve the transition because of the size factor, in other words they can't play basketball  because of their imobility, but basketball changes it's rules just so he can play and changes the most important rule of the game, i dont think it makes him "superman" it think it makes him "pathetic".  to now write a book ragging and whining about other players absolutely proves my point....PATHETIC.......


SOX=KEG KILLERS
Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: November 3, 2011 11:20 pm
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Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2011 10:02 pm
 

Shaq excerpt of the day: Big Baby violence

I think Shaq was having a hard time with the fact no one even realized he played in Boston or Cleveland. He was terrible the last few years and wore out his welcome in the NBA. He was awesome in LA, Orlando, and Miami but he needs to go away from the spotlight for a little while.



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: November 3, 2011 10:02 pm
 

Shaq excerpt of the day: Big Baby violence

Forever the salesman, now that is the way to sell books big man, tell of some of the arguments that the team had in the huddle, in the locker room, on the plane, or maybe during a tough practice when everyone was running hard except YOU.  Amazing how Shaq got on KOBE for sharing information that he thought Kobe should have kept to himself, so now he exposes Big Baby just as he is about to enter free agency (wondering how damaging Shaq comments will be), but if Shaq is going to have a best seller the man has got to tell on someone anyone but himself.

Money and fame, some people just can't live without it, instead of just enjoying life after BB, Shaq has got to write a tell all book about everyone but himself, how sad, but the Big Sales Event will be putting another couple of millions in his pot with this book.  



Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: November 3, 2011 9:16 pm
 

Shaq excerpt of the day: Big Baby violence

Shaq not Shaw.


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