Legendary Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O’Neal made terrible trade decision and lost half a million dollars
Shaquille O’Neal is a lovely big man. Since retiring from the NBA, the legendary center has followed a career trajectory that may have propelled him to even more famous heights.
The Inside the NBA host topped the league as a player. At 7’1″, well over 300 pounds, meeting him on the court was definitely scary.
It moved like a freight train aiming for the jugular. Agile but ruthlessly strong and precise. Once an unstoppable force, Shaq is no longer an athlete.
In fact, his playing days were well over in 2010. He should never have played that last season with the Boston Celtics. Not only did he average just 9.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, but he also played with the perennial rivals the Lakers.
But his decision to join the 17-championship-winning team wasn’t the only bad one. In fact, he was at least making money with the Celts. But a bad decision cost the Great Aristotle dearly.
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Shaquille O’Neal lost half a million dollars from an apparently stolen show
Shaq is a perfectionist. He is someone who seeks challenges and likes to learn something new every day. He is an NBA legend, TV host, actor, Sherrif and DJ, and holds a doctorate in education.
Pretty cool for a guy who started his professional career smashing blackboards and competing with big men.
But even the best of the best have their own mistakes. They can’t always be perfect. For example, take the time that Alex Rodriguez thought it was a good idea to date Jennifer Lopez.
In Shaq’s case, luckily he didn’t date a megastar who married his ex. In Shaq’s case, he went overboard and made a show go wrong.
The show in question, “Shaq Vs.”, came out in 2009. O’Neal, then 36, was a member of the Phoenix Suns team. His fading ability and aging body were clearly apparent. And though he made it to All-Stars, he was never himself again.
Remember when Shaq challenged Albert Pujols to a home run derby? what a wild time pic.twitter.com/Vx5DhRXV2i
—Ben Porter (@Ben13Porter) January 21, 2020
The premise of the show was that the $400 million Shaq would compete with other sports stars but with certain disabilities.
The show was only canceled after two seasons with the final episode featuring Justin Beiber and Jimmy Kimmel. Not to question Shaq, but these two aren’t even athletes, so the premise of the show falls apart.
However, the unsuccessful show was not only a failed fire but also caused O’Neal money. An author named Todd Gallagher alleged that ‘Shaq Vs.’ was stolen from his book “Andy Roddick Beat Me with a Frying Pan”.
Todd and the creators reached an out-of-court settlement and the author won $500,000. The studio also named Todd a producer on several episodes. What do you think? Did Shaq actually steal the idea from Todd?
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