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Shaquille O'Neal disses Chris Bosh in new book

Posted on: November 15, 2011 1:22 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2011 5:30 am
Posted by Ben Gollivershaq-bosh

We can't count on the NBA these days, but it's good to know that basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal will keep right on dissing Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh, lockout or no lockout.

The Palm Beach Post reports that O'Neal takes a swipe at Bosh in his new autobiography, Shaq Uncut, which is set for release on Wednesday.
“Some guys come into the league without a ton of props, so there’s not a whole lot of pressure on them. Then they sign a big deal and all of a sudden they’re thrown into the spotlight. Chris Bosh is like that. He’s getting all this attention, so he starts believing he’s really good. C’mon now. We know better. He’s a player who can put up some numbers, but he’s not an elite player. He was in Toronto eight years and they were never a factor, never a playoff team. Don’t get with those other two guys and start pounding your chest. I ain’t buying it, and I’m not the only one.”
Bosh's Raptors twice made the playoffs but did not advance out of the first round.

All things considered, this is a disappointingly tame criticism from O'Neal, at least by his own standards.

In 2009, the Arizona Republic reported that O'Neal had much harsher words for Bosh after a dispute over his free throw shooting technique.

After Shaquille O'Neal scored 45 against Toronto on Friday, Raptors star Chris Bosh said O'Neal had benefited from officials ignoring his three-second lane violations.

"I heard what Chris Bosh said, and that's strong words coming from the RuPaul of big men," O'Neal said. "I'm going to do the same thing (in their next meeting) I did before - make him quit. Make 'em quit and complain. It's what I do."
RuPaul is a well-known drag queen.

Then, back in July, O'Neal was quick to slight Bosh in his analysis of the 2011-2012 championship contenders.
"The Miami Heat, they've got a lot of great players, the 'Big 2.' They will be back," O'Neal said from Louisiana during the broadcast, when discussing the NBA Finals and how Dallas was able to beat Miami for the title. "LeBron James is taking a lot of criticism, but I know LeBron very well. He hears everything that everyone is saying, so I think he's going to come back and have an MVP year this year." 

"Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, you know, they're great players, they're probably the greatest backcourt ever assembled," O'Neal said. "And you know, they're going to get back. They're going to get back. They play well, they went through a lot, they put a lot of pressure on themselves. That's how they like it. And they will be back."
And that's essentially the theme he has going in his book. James and Wade are great; Bosh is an afterthought. It's not a particularly original assessment -- millions of casual fans reached the same conclusion last year -- but it is interesting to hear it from O'Neal's perspective.

At various points of his career, O'Neal was a talented rookie looking up to established Hall of Fame centers, the best player in the league leading a title contender, a second fiddle on a title contender, and a broken down big man who couldn't stay healthy long enough to get on the floor. That's a lot of different roles and they combine to shape a uniquely qualified perspective. The truly elite players in the game have each other's respect, even if it's begrudging. O'Neal, for example, threatened to kill Kobe Bryant when the two were Los Angeles Lakers teammates, but the Palm Beach Bost notes that O'Neal compliments Bryant in his book: "Kobe is a scientific dawg. He works out every day, practices every day. Most of the other stars are just dawgs, not scientific dawgs." 

I guess this all comes down to that old adage about respect being taken and not given. Whether because of his personality quirks or the nature of his face-up game, it's clear Bosh has not compelled respect from O'Neal. The interesting question to watch going forward: Will O'Neal's tune change if Bosh contributes to a Heat title?

Hat tip: ProBasketballTalk

Since: Aug 30, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2011 7:57 am

Shaquille O'Neal disses Chris Bosh in new book

What Shaq said is correct. The NBA marketing machine does this all the time. They tell you who is great and use numbers to substantiate it. The truth is; Chris Bosh is a very good player who puts on numbers on bad/average teams. But he isn't a "team changer". He is being paid like one....but he is really just a very good player who puts up numbers. His numbers have no impact on his team's winning or losing. Toronto went to the lottery with him and went to the lottery without him.

So while I understand Shaq is on a roll ripping players and coaches/execs what he said about Bosh is what I said when he was signed. Miami would have been better signing someone who is good and doesn't need the ball but who played strong defense and rebounded the ball well. Bosh is essentially another perimeter player.

I must give Bosh some credit.... he did show up in the NBA Finals as Lebron shrank in the moment. With that said; he is not a team changer and is over-paid.

Other players in the "Chris Bosh" category of putting up numbers that simply do not translate to impact:

Danny Granger
Monta' Ellis
Kevin Martin
Kevin Love (still love this guy)
Brook Lopez
Michael Redd (when he was healthy)

I can go on. I feel putting Kevin Love in there because I actually think he does things that will help a good team win one day. But the others put up numbers witlh little impact just like Chris Bosh.

Since: Aug 18, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2011 6:05 am

Shaquille O'Neal disses Chris Bosh in new book

Attention craver for damn sure!!  This guy should just retire already! He's had his time in the spotlight and can't stand to now be out of it so he keeps throwing out whatever shit he can about anybody he can. Shut the F$%# up already you fat F%$#  !!!!!!!!!!

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2011 4:37 am

Shaquille O'Neal disses Chris Bosh in new book

I won't argue with Shaquille O'Neal calling Chris Bosh not an elite player in the NBA because he's not and like usually the Miami Idiots give this RuPaul all that money in which he did not deserve and will never live up to it either.

Since: May 23, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2011 12:46 am

Shaquille O'Neal disses Chris Bosh in new book

Shaq seems like the popular jock-guy in the high school lunch room who bullied and talked about everybody without the slightest provocation.  People crowd around and listen because of who he is and laugh because they don't want to be targeted next.  A lot of what he says isn't even funny, it's just mean-spirited and often times distasteful.  I still give Shaq props for what he did on the court, but I can't say that I see him in the same light as I did before now that he has released this book.  Heck, I'd rather have heard/seen another one of his drunken freestyles about Kobe Bryant at some random open-mic night on .

Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 6:51 pm

Shaquille O'Neal disses Chris Bosh in new book

I got my copy today from  Even though Shaq is a giant, the book is very revealing of how he was always trying to measure up to other people's standards.  He makes a great point that it is sometimes not fair that players are judged on the number of championships they have won in their careers.  The NBA has been around since 1946 and of those 64 seasons, four of those franchises (Boston, Lakers, Chicago and San Antonio) have combined to win 43 of those championships.  The sum of the number of defunct teams plus the other 26 N.B.A. teams is greater than the remaining 21 titles.  The point is it is extremely difficult to win a championship so it is unfair to label a player who is not part of a championship team a loser.

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 3:51 pm

Shaquille O'Neal disses Chris Bosh in new book

If the season ever starts i cant wait to watch the halftime show with shaq and barkley, shaq cracks me up he says whatever he wants when he wants and theres usually truth to what he says.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 2:48 pm

Shaquille O'Neal disses Chris Bosh in new book

Right or wrong Shaq keep flapping his gums. I suppose he would want to be like Charles another gum flapper.

They both are interesting and make the programs better. That is what  they both get paid for gum flapping. Well Shaq will when ever they strike, boycott or dissolving the players association, there is a deal put on the table where the players get 60% and the owners get 40%.

 If he could have learned to shoot free throws as well as he flap his gums, he might would have set a few scoring records along the way.

Shaw will be Shaq!!!


Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 1:44 pm

Shaquille O'Neal disses Chris Bosh in new book

HaHA Shaq is a pretty brilliant guy. He is still making money while everyone else in the league is eating "dawg food".

His comments about Bosh are bang on. Bosh is a star with decent numbers but he is NOT a superstar in the elite company of Shaq, KG, Duncan.

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