By Ed Odeven
Oh yeah, the big fellow was a dominating force, an impossible matchup for teams in the low blocks. But force him to stand at the free-throw line and he was often his own worst enemy.
Imagine if he could’ve been a 75-percent free-throw shooter for his career. Other giants have done that, many in fact.
Would it have been unrealistic, then, to think that Shaquille O’Neal could’ve scored 40 points a game over a 10-year span? I don’t think so.
He made millions laugh and played a starring role in the NBA for 19 seasons. That’s impressive.
He’ll be remembered as one of the all-time greats, but he’s not THE greatest center of all time. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell, in any order you choose, are the top three.