Shaquille O'Neal Takes Shot at Dwight Howard After Kobe Bryant Interview

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 28, 2019

ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 25:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic keeps his eyes on Shaquille O'Neal #36 of the Boston Celtics on December 25, 2010 at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE  (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Shaquille O'Neal will never turn down an opportunity to take a dig at fellow center Dwight Howard

The internet was buzzing Wednesday morning after Kobe Bryant said in an interview with Valuetainment he "would've had 12 f--king rings" if O'Neal had trained harder away from the court (warning: contains profanity):

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Kobe says Shaq could’ve been the greatest player of all time if he had stayed in shape and they could’ve won 12 rings (🎥 @ValuetainmentTV ) https://t.co/TNsFBS6SnD

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Shaq responds to Kobe 👀 https://t.co/cC2Tn1Et59

Bryant quashed any lingering frustration he might have felt toward O'Neal, at which point Shaq decided to insert Howard into the situation:


@kobebryant It’s all good bro, when I saw the interview, I thought you were talking about Dwite, is that how u spell his name lol

This is the second time in a matter of days O'Neal threw serious shade at Howard. Upon being asked by TMZ Sports about Howard's return to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Hall of Famer responded, "Who?"

The rivalry between Howard and O'Neal seems to have started over the former's usage of the "Superman" nickname, which was also one of Shaq's many monikers during his playing career.

"When I was coming up and there was Pat Ewing and Hakeem [Olajuwon], I never doubled anybody," O'Neal told reporters in 2010. "You tell me who the real Superman is."

Based on his most recent comments, the bad blood hasn't subsided over the last decade.