Shaquille O’Neal has established himself as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. However, he recently recalled his first encounter with another legend Michael Jordan and he admitted he was actually intimidated by him.
Shaq recently appeared on Revolt’s Drink Champs podcast where he shared his first experience playing Michael Jordan. “So, first time I played him, I was terrified,” O’Neal explained. Even though Shaq stated that Jordan wasn’t his idol or anything of the sort, the scene on the court remained difficult for him.
“That’s just Jordan. Cause high school, college, I never got dunked on, but I was like, ‘This dude could probably dunk on me right now and embarrass me.’ But, so, when he first came and did a little stutter move, and he shot a shot, I was right there. So, now I was like, ‘Uh-oh… “I was like, ‘He’s a god, but I’m like close to the god.’”
It is hard to believe that Shaquille O’Neal was afraid of anyone or anything. People ought to be more afraid of him than he is of them, given that he is one of the greatest NBA players ever and is widely regarded as the most dominant player to ever play the game.
Shaquille O’Neal typically played well against Michael Jordan. Over the course of his lengthy NBA career, which covered 1,207 games, O’Neal averaged over 23.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, and averaged 2.3 blocks. He had one of the finest stat lines we’ve ever seen, and his lifetime numbers were just insane.
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