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.
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.
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.
5x Rebounding Champion
2x Blocks leader
1x NBA Champion
People forget that prime Orlando Dwight Howard was a problem, presenting the most athletic force in the league. The fact he never added offensive moves to his game and became a journeyman left a bad taste on his legacy, but that doesn't mean he isn't deserving of entering the Hall-of-Fame. He maybe got snubbed of the NBA's 75, but I think there is no doubt Howard will be a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer, even if the great Shaquille O'Neal disagrees with it.