Finally, these quotes were too good to let go:
“Przybilla can’t guard me when I’m 27, 37 or 47.”
“I heard Mr. Walton’s comments, and I think Mr. Walton has broken the Big Man Pecking Order Code, Ordinance 225.7, which means his resume isn’t quite good enough to speak on what I’ve done....I look at what Mr. Walton has done, I look at what Mr. Walton has said, and one thing I hate is a hypocrite. So, if I’m faking an injury, his whole injury-playing career is a fake.
Here’s a guy who only played one or two seasons injury-free, and now he’s talking about me being injured....Like I said, Mr. Walton has broken the Big Man Ordinance Code, 225.27. No big man under should talk about a big man above. It’s just not right, and that’s just disrespectful. And I earn my respect.”
On why Shaq never played for the Knicks:
“I think it’s a great city. I think it’s a fabulous city. But in my young juvenile days, I was an idiot, and I bought 30 cars. And I need to drive those cars, and New York isn’t really the place you can do that.”
I think we can all agree with Shaq on this one:
CRAIG SAGER: What do you plan to do after the All-Star game to get better?
SHAQ: Buy you a new jacket.
CRAIG SAGER: What’s wrong with this one?
SHAQ: That’s horrible. No, you know what that is? That’s horrawful. That’s horrible and awful mixed together. Horrawful.
Finally, after the NBA's first outdoor game (a preseason one in 2008 between Shaq's Phoenix Suns and the Denver Nuggets), O'Neal said:
“It was colder than a motherf****** out there. And you can quote me on that.”
I just did.
Thanks Shaq, for the play and the say!
See you in the Hall of Fame.
Photo: Shaq's working sneaker phone at basketbawful.blogspot.com