Filling Shaq's Shoes Can't Be That Hard

Walter Gibson www.dbbsports.comContributor IApril 1, 2009

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When Shaquille O’Neal had had enough in the midst of the Suns recent loss to the Trailblazers, he decided to speak up.  To teammate Robin Lopez.

“If you’re going to be a big man, be a big man,” he told the rookie.  “Don’t be out there f—ing around.  Lay somebody on their f—ing back.”

He also asked Lopez if he’d ever seen anyone dunk on him (no), and said that he was simply giving Lopez the same advice he had received from Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell and Hakeem Olajuwon.

I love it.

Honestly Lopez, step up.  Rookie.  Don’t get dunked on.  Is it too much to ask to be the next Shaq, Hakeem or Wilt the Stilt?

Ok, so Shaq’s measuring stick me have been a bit tall for the rookie.  But I still love it.  That’s what veterans are there for – leadership.

It’s just a shame we don’t see more of it from the sporting world.  Rookies need advice.  Then again, a lot of veterans could have used a little advice recently too.  Think about it …

Marion Jones:  Trust me A-rod, lying is the way to go, especially if you have a chance to do it in front of congress.  They’ll believe you.  Athletes have great credibility when it comes to doping.  What’s the worst that can happen?

See how she averts her eyes A-rod?  That’s the look of honesty.  Roll with it.

Chuck Muncie:  I like weed.  Who doesn’t?  But a bong at a party is simply too obvious and everyone wants a piece.  Consider freebasing.  The high is great and although I burned myself, nobody ever caught me on their cell phone, did they Mr. Phelps?

Was Michael Phelps merely paying homage to his favorite comedian by getting caught?

Michael Jordan:  Yes, quitting is hard to do Brett.  Especially when you know you can still win.  But you can’t.  Kobe and LeBron replaced me, Cutler will replace you.  Maybe.  Or maybe not.  Or maybe.

Dear Brett Favre:  FDR is a great example of a man who was right not to quit his job.

Terrell Owens:  We have the best job in the world Plax.  We can cry in public.  Badmouth every organization we work for.  We can do anything we want and get paid millions.  Just one simple rule.  Don’t shoot yourself.

Plaxico couldn’t live up to this man’s standards.

Roy Horn:  When you’re back on the streets and this whole thing is behind you, get back in their Mike and make those dogs fight.  Dogs are no different than white tigers.  Give ‘em an inch and they’ll take your head off.  Show no mercy.


Why Michael Vick needs to listen to Siegfried and Roy.

George Foreman:  Party like a rockstar and blow all your dough Steve!  You only go around once, and as an NFL lineman you’re too gross to cruise for hot young chics to blow you when you get old and retire.  Remember, Barkley played basketball.  You can always invent a really cool grill when you’re down and out.

All-pro guard Steve Hutchinson can’t even get a lap dance.  Surprise.

Vetran leadership is necessary.  It’s how teams maintain their edge.  It’s how they avoid dropping into the abyss.  Thank you Shaq.

Anybody seen Pete Sampras?

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