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Shaquille O' Neal on his rivalry with David Robinson.

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From the start of his NBA career, Shaq went on record several times saying how he idolized The Admiral and wanted to pattern his hame after him.

However, during their first matchup, David Robinson dominated Shaq so bad that "The Diesel" had to think of something to motivate himself in upcoming duels.

Here's the quote from Shaquille O'Neal’s biography Shaq Talks Back:

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Me and Dave have history. I looked up to him when I was at Cole High in San Antonio, and he was just starting out with the Spurs. I was a player-of-the-year for my high school. He was player-of-the-year for the Spurs. One time I asked him for an autograph.

He wrote his name real quick and was like, “Yeah, come on, hurry up." He kind of dogged me out. He was my favorite player. That’s OK. I said to myself, "When I see you, I’m gonna get you.”

Shaq continues:

"I don’t hate Dave off the court. I just had to dominate him on it because I got tired of the Goody Two-Shoes image he was throwing out there. He was this crossover guy everyone liked. And I was this big, bad wolf dunking on everyone. Everyone was trying to make it out to be black and white, and it didn’t seem right. So I had to do him like that."

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