Shaq interview | Talks Penny, Money & Steve Nash’s MVPs
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Vibe Mag interviewed Shaquille O’Neal on numerous topics ranging from his “C-” gig on TV to his lack of MVPs. Check out a snippet of the interview here and then go over to Vibe to read the rest.
VIBE: Evaluate your performance so far in the new gig.
It seemed like the Magic considered drafting Chris Webber after your rookie year. Why did you prefer Penny Hardaway?
Me and C-Webb may have worked, but he needed the ball and I damn sure needed the ball. I wasn’t ready to share with another big guy. My thing was, if I’m going to get blamed for everything, then I’m really the general manager. Seriously. I called If I played now, I’d be averaging 45 and 19. People always try to compare Dwight Howard to me. There is no comparison. upstairs and said, “Listen, I know you’re thinking of taking C-Webb, but you have to see this Penny guy.” And it worked for a couple of years, until egos got involved.
Oh, way better. I’m killing Artest.
They thought it was, but, no. It was just taking advantage of opportunities, meeting people and having a good time. People that don’t understand basketball were saying, “You need to work out.” But you can’t maximize your potential after the third hour of workout. Studies show that you can’t do that. After three hours, if you’re still working out, you’re doing yourself a disservice. I worked my ass off to get to where I’m at. But after that, Shaq is gonna go home and take a nap. When I wake up, it’s going to be 5 o’clock, and then that’s opportunity time.
The doubts are creeping up in my mind because that was my best year—I won the MVP. And I would have made history and been the ﬁrst unanimous MVP ever, but some dickhead from Atlanta voted for Iverson and fucked up history. He did. But the Portland game, if the general panics then the troops will panic. Phil was like, “I’ll see you next summer.” That’s all he said. We were like, “No, we’re not going out like this.” Steve Smith was out there celebrating way too early. But you’re right: That game could have broke me if we didn’t win.