Shaq barks back at Chris Russo over NBA all-time center rankings: ‘Who the fk is that?’
Shaquille O’Neal is marking his territory with the Mad Dog.
Earlier this week on ESPN’s “First Take,” Chris Russo declared that O’Neal is only the fifth-best center in NBA history, and now the four-time NBA champion has responded to the assertion.
On O’Neal’s “Big Podcast,” co-host Adam Lefkoe played the clip of Russo blasting Shaq for saying that Steph Curry might be the greatest player of all-time and questioning the former center’s own place in the pantheon of greatness.
O’Neal’s first reaction to the clip was to ask of Russo, “Who the fk is that?”
Lefkoe responded that it was Chris Russo and that the longtime sports talk radio host had said O’Neal was the fifth-best center in NBA history, and Lefkoe proceeded to play the whole segment from “First Take” for him.
“Let’s just get it straight I would smack the st out of that dude,” O’Neal said.
Shaquille O’Neal barked back at Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo over his NBA center rankings. The Big PodcastHe agreed that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain ranked above him, but disputed the idea of being behind Hakeem Olajuwon and Moses Malone.
“I’m the most dominant center ever,” O’Neal continued.
“I don’t ever want to hear another name again. OK? So that would put me at number 3. I passed Hakeem Olajuwon. The king beat me, I came back and beat him. Moses Malone, I passed him up. Four, five, six years ago, before I retired.”
O’Neal won four NBA championships three with the Lakers, and one with the Heat.
Chris Russo ranked Shaq as the fifth best NBA center of all-time. Getty Images for SiriusXMRusso had also ranked Tim Duncan ahead of O’Neal, but Stephen A. Smith quickly informed him that Duncan was a forward, not a center.
There was a lengthy back-and-forth about Malone on “First Take” in which Russo touted his performance alongside a group of “cast-offs” when vying against the legendary 1980s Celtics, while Smith and Jay Williams were in disbelief over the argument.
For whatever reason, Bill Russell was omitted from the all-time center rankings discussion entirely.
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