One of the great constants of Shaq’s career — right up there with his habit of giving himself nicknames — has been an ongoing reluctance to say nice things about other big men. This is mostly because Shaq sees himself as “the CEO of centers in this league” and, as the reigning shogun, “the rest of the guys must go through the ninjas before they get to me.” Basically, he’s like the final boss of Ninja Gaiden.
So given that fact, I was mildly surprised that, while discussing a handful of other NBA centers, Shaq had a few reasonabaly kind words to say about his old sparring partner: “An undersized, but respectable center. He’s more like a Tim Duncan-type forward. He can step out and shoot the jumper. He will foul you hard and will not back down.” That’s how ginormous Shaq is: He considers a seven-foot, 260-pound man to be “undersized.” (For comparison’s sake, Dwight Howard is listed at 6’11” and 265 pounds.)
But all kidding aside, that’s pretty high praise from Shaq. And it’s right on the money: Brad’s a skilled guy who plays hard and won’t back down. Not a bad guy to have coming off the bench (even if his contract is a wee bit bloated).