Shaquille O’Neal was one of the most dominating players in the NBA. Besides being a gentle giant, he is also one of the funniest man alive. Shaquille was unstoppable in his prime. His huge size gave him a big advantage over opponents, allowing him to push past defenders and score with ease.
Shaq is more than a basketball Hall of Famer. He is a person who deeply values friendships and personal relationships. One of his beloved friends is former NBA star Tracy McGrady.
Shaquille O’Neal shows some love for T-Mac
Shaquille O’Neal recently showed love for Tracy McGrady in one of his Instagram stories. The story was about Prime T-Mac’s greatness and how in the span of 5 years from 2000-2005 McGrady scored and averaged more points than Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’ Neal, Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan.
Tracy McGrady, a seven-time All-Star, concurs with this idea. At different points in time, McGrady and Shaq were both players for the Orlando Magic. “Shaq was the common denominator to championships for everybody in our era,” Tracy McGrady said in an interview.The interviewer thought it was an easy answer and then talked about him potentially teaming up with Kobe and having no teams, then having more than two stars, to which McGrady replied, “It will be Shaq. Shaquille O’Neal.”
Tracy McGrady and Shaq are close friends. The latter actually made an appearance on O’Neal’s podcast a few months ago. He said that Shaq should have been the MVP in 2003, to which Shaq angrily disagreed. In jest, T-Mac stated during an NBA on TNT program that he doesn’t follow Shaq in front of the latter.
Shaq’s kissing incident with T-Mac
Shaquille O’Neal has demonstrated over the years that he is accustomed to acting strangely. One of the world’s most entertaining celebrities, he has a career filled with controversial decisions. In the 2007 All-Star Game, there was one particularly strange moment.
Despite missing a dunk, Shaq received a pass from Richard Hamilton. Rising up once more, this time, he made no mistake and slammed it down with authority. Shaq, “the Big Aristotle” pulled Tracy McGrady in after the dunk and planted a kiss on his head. It’s safe to say that everyone was perplexed, particularly T-Mac who asked Shaq to stop kissing people
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