"His foot slides right in"
Lue shared the story during the latest episode of the 'Knuckleheads Podcast,' saying that the whole thing started after Devean George, the Lakers rookie during the 1999-2000 NBA season, forgot to bring donuts as part of his initiation rite.
Shaq said he would get back at him. That same day, he delivered on his promise.
"So we’re getting ready for a game," Ty said. "So Devean George went and worked out on the court and came back. He was getting taped or whatever. Shaq goes in the bathroom, takes his (Devean George) shoe in there, and he sh*ts in his shoe!”
George got back into the locker room, not suspecting a thing. But the second he started suiting up for the game, the forward rookie realized what was actually happening.
"So Devean George comes in and gets ready for the game, puts his shoe on, I mean, his foot slides right in," Lue said.
The brutality of rookie hazing
Rookie hazing is something almost no NBA player is immune to, regardless of their stature coming into the league. Scottie Pippen was slapped by Charles Oakley, Paul George got a new Disney Princess carrying bag, Bradley Beal was Trevor Ariza's personal shoe tying guy, and LeBron James was Cleveland's donuts guy.
O'Neal is one of the few who managed to find a way around your typical rookie duties. “First day I got there (to Orlando), Scottie Skiles was like 'Get my bags rook,'" Shaq said. "I was like, 'I don't do that, I'm the franchise player,' and I never got aced. I was like, 'This is my team, bruv.'”
Not everyone has the luxury of being a 7-1, 300-pound giant with a talent superior to everyone else on the roster. That's why most of the other first-year players are left at their veterans' mercy. And in Devean George's case, Shaq showed none.
Locker room stories can get ugly, but this is on another level, bordering on brutality.