It doesn’t really matter if Shaquille O’Neal has a tattoo of an “S” on his arm or a diamond encrusted Superman ring. His Superman days are over. The red cape has been passed down from one big man to another. All Shaq has to do it let it go.
After all, you can’t be a superhero forever. Whether Shaq wants to admit it or not, Howard brings out the best in him. They bring out the best in each other. When the Orlando Magic played the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, both Shaq and Howard put on an amazing display of what it takes to be a “big man” in the NBA. The Magic won 101-95, and Howard netted 22 points. But Shaq also worked hard in the middle, scoring 20 points himself.
It was a hard fought battle between two NBA superheros, one whose career is just beginning and the other whose career is coming to a close.
“I really consider him a big man: myself, him and Yao,” Shaq said, according to the Orlando Sentinel. “I’m sure he doesn’t mind the physicality. I [darn] sure don’t mind it.”
I don’t think either of them mind it all. The physicality gives them the opportunity to show off their inhuman strength and superpowers. In the minds of NBA fans, both Howard and Shaq are superhuman. End of discussion.
(According to ESPN‘s latest commercial, Dwight Howard is the real Superman):
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