Eddy Curry talks about how he couldn’t handle Shaquille O’Neal early in his career: “That was the biggest human I’ve seen ever”

Eddy Curry talks about how he couldn’t handle Shaquille O’Neal early in his career: “That was the biggest human I’ve seen ever”

Former NBA player Eddy Curry made a host appearance on the Knuckleheads Podcast and shared his experience playing against Shaquille O’Neal in his prime.

Drafted by the Bulls as the 4th pick in 2001, and nicknamed ‘Baby Shaq,’ Curry averaged 13 points and 5 rebounds throughout his 11-year NBA career and made his name wearing a Knicks jersey. Eddy was a massive player standing at nearly 7 feet and carrying at least 295 pounds, but still, he was miles away from being able to handle the Diesel.

Upon entering the league, O’Neal was the first player to dominate him on the basketball court. After the matchup, Curry was convinced people don’t entirely understand how challenging it is to stop Shaq in the paint and that most players are simply not up for the task. This came from a player who was listed at 295.

In 2000, Shaq weighed 341, and some of his teammates talked about The Diesel being closer to 380. Players that size can’t work out the way other players do. As Shaq told Phil Jackson, he can show up for practice or the game. Jackson, logically, picked the game.

For you, delusional folks that think anyone has a chance at defending Shaq 1 on 1. Here is an example of what it’s like to guard him) – “Shaq was the first person to bust my ass. We had Shaq in the midst of the 3-peat with the Lakers, and I remember he did some move, and it felt like I was in a car accident. I was just along for the ride, bro. That was the biggest human I’ve seen ever. And this is when he was moving and in his shit.

Eddy Curry, Knuckleheads Podcast

Curry came into the league with high expectations, many scouts at the time were convinced that his strength and finesse was comparable if not better than O’Neals at the same age. Unfortunately for Curry, he never realized his potential, as his weight eventually plagued his career. Curry would often show up overweight to the Knicks pre-season training camps. After several weight loss regimens ended unsuccessfully, he ultimately lost his starting position in New York, and his career started plummeting until the Mavs waived him in 2012.

Curry played the next season in China with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls, where he posted 23 points and 10 rebounds over 29 games. He took a five-year break in 2013 and tried another China comeback in 2018, soon after failing.