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Lakers’ Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal is again in the headlines. This time, he asked Instagram: “Who Is The Best Center Of All Time?”
Shaq admits he isn’t the best center ever, but his question still reeks of narcissism.
How long can Shaq go without talking about himself? Even though he punts on being the ‘greatest center ever.’ he still knows he’s up there. That’s why he’s so excited to ask the question.
Don’t believe me? How often does Shaq ask his audience to build a ranking that couldn’t involve the Big Diesel? I’ll save you the time–that post never has and never will exist.
Shaq loves himself some Shaquille O’Neal, and since he’s asked–let’s build that All-Time Centers list:
1. Kareem Abdul Jabbar
This one’s easy. Leading scorer all-time who invented the “sky-hook.” The player with the most unstoppable move in sports history is No. 1, no matter whom you ask.
2. Shaquille O’Neal
Here we are giving Shaq what he wanted. Had it not been for his lackadaisical approach to the off-season, Shaq probably becomes the greatest player who ever lived. Prime Shaq is the most dominant player ever, so imagine if we got 15 years of that? Sheesh.
3. Hakeem Olajuwon
Hakeem averaged a little over 21 points/game for his career, but he never hogged the ball. Greatest foot work in NBA History that players have routinely tried to emulate. When LeBron lost in 2011 to the Dallas Mavericks and felt he wasn’t “up to par in the post,” whom did he call? Hakeem “The Dream.”
4. Bill Russell
Russell did plenty of winning, with 11 NBA titles. So much so that the NBA named the Finals MVP award after him. He’s also the main reason Wilt Chamberlain couldn’t win for awhile.
5. Wilt Chamberlain
Dude averaged 50 points/game for an entire season. He also dropped 100 points in a game, which is absolutely absurd. Yeah, he was a seven-footer playing against inferior athletes in the 60s, but Chamberlain still passed the eye-test. Chamberlain was a beast and didn’t win nearly as much as he should have. Had he won more, he might’ve found himself higher on this list.
He was also quite the winner off the floor.
Now that we gave Shaq what he wanted, let’s understand what’s going on here. Shaq can’t stop asking us to talk about him, but he might want to allow us to do it naturally. It’s getting weird.