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Yao Ming and Shaq
Shaquille O'Neal has been the NBA's premier big man since his arrival in 1992. Yao Ming, no matter how good he was, would always be compared to Shaq.
Unfortunately, Shaq has jewelry to defend the "big man dominance" argument. Yao Ming can solely let the eyes of the fans do the debating.
In my opinion Yao is one of the most skilled big men, behind Hakeem Olajuwon, to ever to play the game. The most dominant? Eh, maybe not. However, he's shown flashes.
The Jeff Van Gundy era forced Yao to develop this sense of meanness—a nastiness—with which the best superstars in the game play. Van Gundy wanted Yao to stop being a "nice guy" and play with an attitude.
I remember the play like it was yesterday.
Yao Ming was fouled hard but managed to make the basket, forcing an "and-1" play. After the play, Yao screamed a loud F-Bomb and the cameras caught it.
I nearly jumped out of my seat as that was the first time I saw Yao show any real emotion. That was the beginning of the truly dominant Yao Ming.
Yao has shown flashes when he is clearly unstoppable, no matter who is guarding him—including Shaq. That was when the Rockets played their best basketball.
If only his feet held up, who knows how Yao Ming's career could have ended?