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Dwight on Shaq: 'He's mad about Superman'

Posted on: January 20, 2012 2:23 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2012 2:30 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliver 

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The Los Angeles Lakers are in Orlando to face the Magic for a nationally-televised game on Friday night, and the future Hall of Fame center who bolted Disney World for Disney Land back in the 1990s is stirring things up between his two former teams.

TNT commentator Shaquille O'Neal said recently that Lakers center Andrew Bynum -- and not Magic center Dwight Howard -- is the "best big man" in the NBA.

"Andrew Bynum is a true big man," O'Neal said. "He can back you down, jump hook. Dwight Howard has one or two moves on the block.  His one move is the running jump hook and the other move is a pick and roll and get inside. Andrew Bynum has the right jump hook and the left jump hook."

O'Neal and Howard have had an ongoing back-and-forth for some time now, and Howard responded to the criticism in comments made to reporters and posted to NBA.com on Friday morning.

"He's mad about Superman," Howard said, in reference to a nickname once used by O'Neal and co-opted by Howard for the 2008 Slam Dunk Contest. "I didn't know he made it up. I didn't know Superman came from Shaquille O'Neal... He's still mad about it. I would suggest he just sit down and get on with his life. He don't play no more so what's the point of talking trash. It's not like we're wrestlers and we can battle it out. Who cares?"

Barkley called out O'Neal for picking Bynum over O'Neal based on the "Superman" nickname beef.

"That ain't got nothing to do with it," O'Neal claimed. 

Of course, there's no contest. Howard, 26, averages more points, grabs more rebounds, dishes more assists, gets more steals, blocks more shots and shoots a better field goal percentage than Bynum. Howard has missed seven games in 7+ NBA seasons while Bynum has repeatedly been sidelined with injuries. Here's a statistical side-by-side if you need convincing. Howard is a 5-time All-Star, 3-time Defensive Player of the Year, 4-time All-NBA first team. Bynum, 24, is having a career year and will make his first All-Star game, but his best individual achievement to this point was making the 2005 McDonald's All-American game. He's probably the league's second-best big man, but he's a distant second.

Magic coach Stan Van Gundy dismissed O'Neal's comments.

"I don't really watch those guys very much. Not that I don't have tremendous respect for what they say," Van Gundy joked, "not that I'm not trying to learn from them at every opportunity, but I just don't have time really... Shaq can say whatever he wants. He has a forum where he's supposed to talk and give his opinions."
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Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2012 1:26 pm
 

Dwight on Shaq: 'He's mad about Superman'

Shaq has a lot of respect for Kobe and thinks Kobe is better than Lebron and DWade. He also loves Dr. Buss, owner of the Lakers. And he is still pissed about the "Superman" thing, though he feels more disrespected by the commentators that bestowed "his" nickname onto Dwight Howard than by Dwight Howard himself. He says all of this in his book.



Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2012 1:18 pm
 

Dwight on Shaq: 'He's mad about Superman'

Bynum isn't the first option on his team. He isn't even the second. Of course he's going to have worse offensive numbers than Howard. Because Bynum has played less than Howard, whether because of injury or coach decision, it would be more fair to look at the stats from a per minute basis. When you do that, you see they are closer than the overall totals appear. However, Howard is still the better player, and it's not a plus to be injury-prone like Bynum. And none of these guys, including Shaq, can win without a Kobe or a DWade. The actual Superman, on the other hand, was a solo act. How come no bball players want to be known as Batman and Robin?



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 3:55 am
 

Dwight on Shaq: 'He's mad about Superman'

First head-to-head between Shaq and Dwight - 12 games ended 6-6 tie. Shaq scored 15.7 per game while Dwight scored 16.5 - not much difference. But Shaq got 6.4 rebounds per game while Dwight pulled down 10.9. Big difference.  Now for Bynum against Howard: 10 games ended in 5-5 tie. Bynum scored 8.8 points per game while Howard scored 20.4. Big difference. Bynum pulled down 6.1 rebounds per game while Howard boarded 12.3 per game. Another big difference. Probably Shaq just wants to be controversial but he really ought to do his homework.
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 How about Shaq averaged 20 pts and 10 boards in his first 13 seasons and in his 14th he had 20 and 9.2 rebounds. Shaq led the NBA in scoring in 3 of those years and PPG 2 times. Shaq also was on the top 4 in PPG 9 times and he started his career in an era where there were a number of dominant Centers where in Dwight's career the only ones left who were TRUE dominant centers could be counted on one hand and were at the ends of their careers.

 Dwight has averaged 20 and 10 just 3 times so far in his first 7 seasons and the closest he came to leading the league in scoring is 12th last season. Dwight is not even in the same league as Shaq was.




Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:42 pm
 

Dwight on Shaq: 'He's mad about Superman'

Open your eyes to the truth behind his statement. It is none other than an old JEDI mind trick. These are his 2 former teams ( no disrespect to Boston-- he just wasn't there long enough or Miami either ) with deep emotions still there. If he wanted to HELP 1 team out of the 2, which would it be? AAAAGGGHHHHHH!!!!  He left Orlando to win BIGTIME. He HAD to leave LA before he was done winning. Had it not been for conflicting egos, Shaq & Kobe could have won 5-7 titles together. Possibly more. So, sweet talk Bynum into larger than life status to help coax the Magic into sending Howard to the Lakers. He won't admit it but, I think deep down Shaq likes Kobe and would like to see him tie Jordan for rings, since he no longer can try. It also leaves LA with a star in the future to stay on top. The Lakers have Shaq to play like Shaft. He works undercover for LA putting out offers to league players nearing free agency. He sees them at all the games dosen't he? Like Derron Williams. LA has much nicer weather and bikini-clad women Derron. LA needs a point guard. Just saying. Shaq can't get in trouble for his own "COMMENTS" to players. He is not on any roster or part of management. He can talk to whoever. I bet Kobe has been calling the big fella.



Since: Jul 21, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:19 pm
 

Dwight on Shaq: 'He's mad about Superman'

Shaq>>>>Howard>>&
gt;Bynum



Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 8:22 pm
 

Dwight on Shaq: 'He's mad about Superman'

Shaq > Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum combined


AGREED



Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 5:38 pm
 

Dwight on Shaq: 'He's mad about Superman'

Shaq > Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum combined



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:46 pm
 

Dwight on Shaq: 'He's mad about Superman'

Shaq needs to get over the superman thing but Dwight isn't as good as Shaq. Shaq was dominant on both ends of the court and niether can make a freakin free throw so it's no contest. The only time Dwight scores 40 is when he shoots 40 free throws.



Since: May 29, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 3:39 pm
 

Dwight on Shaq: 'He's mad about Superman'

Wait a minute-- youre going to compare Dwight Howard to Shaq??!!!  And use head to head as your measuring stick???!!  WHAT?!!  Shaq was probably about 72 years old when these head to head battles started.  Dwight Howard isnt even in Shaq's league. PERIOD!  Dwight Howard is a career 18 point and 13 rebound per game player.  THAT'S IT!!! (exactly what guys like Bynum and Spencer Hawes are doing this year!!)  FAR FROM SUPERMAN, NO???!!  Shaq has three finals MVPs and Howard continues to whine and cry that "he needs to go somewhere where he can win".  Hey Dwight--instead of following in LeFraud's footsteps, why dont you strap em on and be a leader.  Maybe you can lead a very good Magic team to a championship and prove you are a worth while player instead of skirting out of town like some little chicken loser to go to "greener pastures".  Only to find out that you are taking YOURSELF with you and somehow won't be able to win there either!!  (See LeFraud, Bosh, Carmello, etc etc).  Guys that whine that they cant win, when they are already on winning teams show just how much of heartless losers they are.



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 3:04 pm
 

Dwight on Shaq: 'He's mad about Superman'

Shaq has always liked to back a smaller player down and under the basket so he can shoot a layup. Howard has a wider range of offensive moves than Shaq ever did. And his butt is smaller making it harder to bump the opponent guarding him. Even so for Shaq to crown Bynum who has yet to remain healthy (here's hoping he does this year) is on Shaq. It shows the opposite of Charles Barkley who often says unusual things but backs it up with either eye witness or statistics. Yes, Howard is far ahead in statistics and honors. But what about head-to-head?

First head-to-head between Shaq and Dwight - 12 games ended 6-6 tie. Shaq scored 15.7 per game while Dwight scored 16.5 - not much difference. But Shaq got 6.4 rebounds per game while Dwight pulled down 10.9. Big difference.  Now for Bynum against Howard: 10 games ended in 5-5 tie. Bynum scored 8.8 points per game while Howard scored 20.4. Big difference. Bynum pulled down 6.1 rebounds per game while Howard boarded 12.3 per game. Another big difference. Probably Shaq just wants to be controversial but he really ought to do his homework.




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