Everybody’s favourite TNT Halftime Crew made nationwide headlines as soon as once more yesterday after Kenny “The Jet” Smith despatched Shaquille O’Neal flying right into a Christmas tree. “Kenny, this implies warfare,” The Huge Diesel stated jokingly to Smith after his large fall. What if, nonetheless, O’Neal had already initiated the battle years in the past throughout his enjoying days?
So long as he has been within the public eye, Shaq has been recognized to be a jokester. This extends to his off-the-court persona too, as he was an notorious prankster throughout his enjoying profession.
A few of his extra notable pranks embrace having former Orlando Magic teammate Brooks Thompson sing to him within the bathe, placing Phoenix Suns teammate Gordan Giriček in a brief stranglehold, and having his teammate restrain Lou Amundson in order that he might minimize off his luscious man bun.
On the finish of the video above, O’Neal commented that, “each time [he] did one thing, it wasn’t in a foul nature. It was extra like a humorous nature.”
However that isn’t totally true. On an episode of the Knuckleheads podcast, Tyronn Lue instructed a narrative of a time that O’Neal defecated in then-teammate Devean George’s shoe.
“So we’re preparing for a recreation,” Lue tells the Knuckleheads podcast. “So Devean George went and labored out on the court docket and got here again. He was getting taped or no matter. Shaq goes into the lavatory, takes his shoe in there. He sh*ts in his shoe. So Devean George is available in and will get prepared for the sport, places his shoe on.”
So, yeah…not all his pranks have been “of a humorous nature.” And definitely, Shaq is understood for being an enormous bully when issues get severe on the court docket as nicely.
Anyway, possibly Smith was defending the honour of all his NBA brethren whom O’Neal bullied, and his shove was an act of retribution on their behalf.
Extra probably than not, that collision was most likely only a playful gesture between two long-time buddies. However one factor is for sure, O’Neal had this one coming.