When Dwight Howard broke the shot clock with a monster dunk in the Eastern Conference Finals, it brought back fond memories of young Shaq.
On April 23, 1993, in one of the most famous basketball plays of all time, Shaquille O'Neal brought down the basket on a dunk while playing the New Jersey Nets.
He didn't just bring it down—he slammed it down. The metal support snapped in half, and O'Neal couldn't get out of the way before the 24-second clock crashed down on his back.
It was shocking. It was all over the news. Here was a guy like we'd never really seen in the NBA. We'd seen big centers, but nothing like this 300-plus-pound monster who was so powerful and merciless that even the equipment couldn't stand up to him.
And he was a rookie.
Shaq later cemented his legacy with a handful of championships, but I will always remember him best for being an absolute beast.
He's not as dominant as he once was, but Shaquille O'Neal still stands 7'1" tall and weighs 325 pounds. He's still a diesel.
Later in that same game, Shaq broke Sam Bowie's nose with his elbow.
So, as Dwight Howard puts size back into the paint for the Orlando Magic, I present for your consideration: "Things Smaller Than Shaquille O'Neal."