Shaq’s New Show

LAKERS MEDIA DAYFor the last two Tuesdays I’ve found myself watching Shaq Vs., the new show on ABC.  In it, Shaquille O’Neal takes on top athletes from around the country in their respective sport.  The results are predictably hilarious.  In the first episode Shaq took on Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger in a 7 on 7, two-hand touch football game.  Roethlisberger’s team won, but the highlight of the night came when Shaq left the sideline to pick off Big Ben’s pass and rumble down the field for a score (which did not count.)

In last night’s episode, Shaq took on the best sand volleyball team in the world, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh.  Again, he lost, but he put forth a respectable effort.

I’ve stated my general disdain for basketball on numerous occasions.  I just really don’t like the game.  I must say, though, that I love Shaquille O’Neal.  I wish all athletes were like him.

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Cleveland Cavaliers Get Shaq

Do you hear that distant noise? That’s Lebron James throwing a party.

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Hansbrough vs. Harangody

The more college basketball I watch, the more I can’t help but wonder about the future careers of North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough and Notre Dame’s Luke Harangody. Both are elite college power forwards whose size doesn’t really translate to that position at the next level. Hansbrough is listed at 6-foot-9 and 250 pounds. Harangody is listed at 6-foot-8 and 251 pounds. Now, this doesn’t mean they can’t be NBA power forwards. Elton Brand is a damn good power forward and he is 6-foot-8 254 pounds. I think what will determine the better NBA player is the combination of skill and versatility, which I think both go to the less-publicized Harangody. Continue reading

Stat of the Day (Missed Free Throws)

I was going to wait until his next game to post this, because he isn’t quite at the magic number, yet. But the Phoenix Suns don’t play again until Christmas Day against the San Antonio Spurs, so I figure I’ll post it now.

I heard this one on ESPN radio yesterday.

Shaquille O’Neal is about to become only the second player in NBA history to miss 5,000 free throws in his career. Wilt Chamberlain has the most misses in NBA history with 5,805. Shaq currently has 4,995 misses, which likely means the magical miss will come against the Spurs – if not, surely the game after.

Some quick research shows that nobody else has even missed 4,000 career free throw attempts. The next most misses I could find behind Shaq was Karl Malone with 3,401 misses, and Malone’s 13,188 free throw attempts are the most in NBA history.

Fun fact: only 63 NBA players have even attempted 5,000 free throws in their career.

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