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Shaquille O'Neal doesn't acknowledge Dwight Howard as a Hall-of-Famer

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Shaq and Dwight at the 2020 All-Star weekend.

Shaq and Dwight at the 2020 All-Star weekend.

The over-a-decade-long beef between Shaquille O'Neal and Dwight Howard is one of the most bizarre conflicts in NBA history. It all started with Dwight wearing a Superman cape and "stealing" one of the countless nicknames Shaq goes by, and to this day, the "Big Diesel" can't let go of it.

"Petty White"

It's a shame Charles Barkley wasn't on the panel last week when Shaq decided to go on one of his classic rants against a guy. This time on the menu, his #1 target, Dwight Howard, was on display.

While talking about the Lakers' loss in Utah, and their horrible season, Shaq tried to emphasize how embarrassing this season is considering how many Hall-of-Famers the Lakers have on the roster. But it seems he lowered the number, known very well who doesn't deserve to get in:.

Shaq: You have three Hall-of-Famers on that team, if they can rile the rest of the guys up for five games, they are not gonna be in the play-in game.

Lefkoe: They have five Hall-of-Famers. LeBron, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwight Howard

Shaq: That's four. E-Mail it, tweet it! That's four!

Obviously, Shaq doesn't view Dwight as a Hall-of-Famer despite the rest of the panel trying to let him know he is a lock to make alongside his four Lakers teammates. But the always stubborn Shaq was not having it. Most of the NBA fandom came into Dwight's defense and proclaimed Shaq a hater, which seems to happen more than often.

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Does Dwight have a legit case?

When the NBA's Top 75 got announced, one of the most glaring snubs was Dwight Howard. Sure he hasn't been the guy for a while now, but you can't dispute he was head over shoulders the most dominant big man in basketball for a five-year stretch there. When you look at the accolades, it's hard to argue against that fact.

8x All-Star

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