Posted October 05, 2012

Dwight Howard slams Shaquille O’Neal: ‘Time to move on’

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New Lakers center Dwight Howard fired back at former great Shaquille O’Neal. ( Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

New Lakers center Dwight Howard responded to Lakers icon Shaquille O’Neal on Thursday, one week after O’Neal put him behind former Lakers center Andrew Bynum and Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez in his center rankings.

“I don’t care what Shaq says,” Howard told reporters after practice Wednesday, according to The Los Angeles Times.”Shaq played the game and he is done. It’s time to move on. He hated the fact when he played that older guys were talking about him and how he played. Now he’s doing the exact same thing. Just let it go. There’s no sense for him to be talking trash to me. He did his thing in the league. Sit back and relax. Your time is up.”

Howard is meshing well with his new team after a rather tumultuous offseason full of trade rumors before he finally was shipped from Orlando to Los Angeles.

But he’s not on good terms with one of the franchise’s former stars, as O’Neal last week placed him below Bynum and Lopez in his pseudo power rankings of centers.

“I’m not talking about dunking, I’m talking about playing like a big man with moves,” O’Neal, who is now an analyst on TNT, told NBA.com. “My man [Lopez], before he had the foot injury, was putting up nice, solid big-man numbers. He don’t have a lot of flash, a la Tim Duncan, but he can play. If you put him with a nice team around him, you can get a lot from this big man. Like if you want to go to flash and dunking and the pick and roll, you gotta go with Dwight Howard. But me, the last true original dun duda, I’m going with Andrew Bynum and [Lopez].”

Here’s where things could get awkward: The Lakers are set to retire O’Neal’s jersey in an April 2 ceremony. But when asked if he needed to “get on the same page” with O’Neal before then, Howard shot back with an incredulous-sounding question.

“What do we need to be on the same page for?” Howard said. “I have respect for him and what he did for basketball. That’s it. When my time is up, there’s going to be somebody else who can do everything I can do and probably do it better. Instead of me talking about him, I’ll do my job to try to help him get where I’m at. I think that’s what guys who have done it before us should do.”


16 comments
EricCallahan
EricCallahan

Shaq placing moves and shooting skills over dunking is hilarious! Big  man moves like Shaq had? WTF! No GM takes Bynum or Lopez over Howard.

drm166
drm166

Shaq - The Big Insecurity.  He was one of the best centers of all time.  We all know that at this point, Shaq in his prime is better than anything Howard has ever done.  He doesn't need to talk down to Dwight.  He doesn't have to feel threatened.   I just can't figure out why he's so insecure about his career. 

gbkenion
gbkenion

Fully agree, pljaye - An all time great like Shaq has not just a right, but an obligation to continue to be part of the game. I am so glad that after making 'the decision' mistake, Lebron went old school, and has regained all of his old reputation and then some. Howard should follow this example.

pljaye
pljaye

This is much ado about nothing. It's merely Shaq's opinion. What's the big deal if Shaq doesn't think that Howard's the best center in the NBA? Shaq wasn't bashing Howard, he was merely stating that he prefers the way other centers play the game--big deal. Howard would have been wise to have simply not responded. Complaining that Shaq was trash-talking just reinforces Howard's less than stellar whining reputation. It seems like Howard should take his own advice and just move on. 

brighat
brighat

I feel Shaq is trying to get Dwight Howard to elevate his game. He has amazing talent but he seems more focused on being a prima donna and he quit on the Orlando Magic. With Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash as teammates, Howard has the veterans around him to help him work on his maturity. In a few years, this will be his team. He needs to grow up fast.

bruno.strange
bruno.strange

Um, Shaq gets paid to yak about basketball on TV these days, no? So he's just doing his job. Howard should get a thicker skin.

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

Hey D Coward, you will always follow in Shaq footsteps, after LA,are you going to go to Cleveland, then Miami, also think of a new nickname, Superman was taken oh yea by Shaq

Lonewolf
Lonewolf

Howard is correct, the has been Shaq needs to move on! What moves did Shaq have other than the dunk! The guys ego has always been over inflated.

CharlesWilliams
CharlesWilliams

Ah you havn't done anything Mr. Howard, how many Rings do you have?

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eriche3383

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Joamiq
Joamiq

Shaq should never have become an analyst. He's proving himself dumber and dumber by the day. Howard below Brook Lopez is laughably stupid. Lopez's rebounding numbers aren't "nice, solid big-man numbers" - they're some of the worst numbers in the history of big men. That said, Dwight should really be keeping his mouth shut and letting his game do the talking.

wizooz
wizooz

 @Joamiq I completely agree with you that Shaq should not have become an analyst.  When you watch him try to "compete" with Kenny & Charles, it's laughable.  He sounds like he has no understanding of the game.  That's hard to believe as great of a player as he was.... maybe he just has difficulty expressing what he wants to say.  He speaks in that low-soft voice and just doesn't present well as an analyst.

 

MichaelLevine
MichaelLevine

 @wizooz  @Joamiq absolute agreement- he was hired merely for  ratings and as a show  piece . he should be canned - doesn`t mesh with the real seasoned veteran analysts- REGGIE MILLER N  KENNY obliterate him in every aspect of the round the table analysts game