Shaquille O’Neal may be one of the best and most dominant forces the NBA has ever seen, but outside of his skills and basketball heritage, Shaq is famous around the world because of his comedic nature. From entering the league through his days at TNT, O’Neal was always seen as a big kid, telling jokes, pulling pranks, doing various crazy things and making everyone smile.
Shaq was always the guy who went out of his way to cheer up in the locker room, make his teammates laugh and do something new every day. Especially later in his career when he became more of a role player. Shaq’s time with the Phoenix Suns is the perfect example.
Shaq only spent a season and a half in the wilderness, playing great basketball and even making his last All-Star game in 2009. But the stories that have come out of that time are pure gold. We’ve heard of Shaq smothering Gordan Giricek before a game or him wrestling with his naked teammates in the locker room, but this Grant Hill story is just another classic.
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One of the greatest simulation players in NBA history, Grant Hill was supposed to be the next big thing, but injuries derailed that career. Still, Hill managed to play his career as a valuable role player on magic and the suns. He also had the chance to play with Shaq in Phoenix.
The other day on the ALL THE SMOKE podcast, Hill revealed a hilarious story about Shaq and Jason Richardson in the showers.
“I remember one time, man, Shaq. So bad I can’t repeat that, man. We’re in the shower after practice, and he goes to see J-Rich:“J-Rich, you got a big ass, man.” I’m like, how do you come back? What is J-Rich doing, man? Shaq was just funny, mean, crazy.”
Grant Hill, ALL THE SMOKE Podcast
I’m pretty sure Richardson didn’t appreciate that kind of compliment from Shaq, especially when he was in the shower. But that’s just who Shaq was. He wasn’t afraid to make others laugh at the expense of making someone uncomfortable, and it worked because Grant Hill, Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes all died laughing at the story. Just a big kid with a huge heart.