Shaq used to wrestle (Brazilian style) his Phoenix Suns teammates…naked!
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Maybe if Shaq and Kobe would have rolled on the floor naked in the locker room a few times then the Lakers would have won a few more championships. Maybe not?
I have no idea how his Phoenix teammates felt about this, but according to former Suns coach Alvin Gentry, Shaq — infamous for pranking teammates — used to randomly pick teammates to wrestle…naked….Brazilian style.
“The thing that he did that he got to be notorious for is that, every few days or every week or so, he would decided that it was time for this Brazilian naked wrestling contest. You didn’t know who the chosen one was, but what would happen when you least expect it, this 7-foot, 310-pound guy would turn the corner, and he would be stark naked and he would run right at you full speed, grab you, he would take you to the floor and then he would do about five rollovers with you. And he would always tell our trainers who it was going to be, so they were always prepared for it, but you never knew who it was going to be.”
This isn’t the first time we have heard a story about the Big Aristotle/Big Shamrock/Big Cactus wanting to show off his big…….I can’t say it, but I’ll let Adam Sandler say it instead.
Ex Lakers teammate Brian Shaw also had a funny story about Shaq the exhibitionist.
In 2003, Lakers guard Brian Shaw was in the final season of a 14-year career. At 36, his age was starting to show both in his game and appearance. He had to shave his head every few days because hair no longer grew on top. But one day, Shaw lost a bet, forcing him to let his hair grow out, bald spot and all.
After a few weeks, Shaw looked ridiculous. Back then, the Lakers always started practice by meeting at midcourt. But one day, O’Neal didn’t show. A few minutes later, everyone heard that booming voice. “WHO AM I?”
Out walked O’Neal, wearing socks, high tops and a towel over his head – nothing else.
“We think that’s the joke, this 7-foot, 320-pound guy walking out naked,” Shaw said. “But when Shaq got to midcourt, he takes off the towel, and he has his head shaved down the middle, trying to look like me. It was so funny.”
There’s also an amusing story about Shaq being naked in Karrine Steffans’ trashy book ‘Video Vixen’ but every time I hear about Shaq showing off more than we care to see, the first image that pops in my head is this hilarious one.
Then of course, I think of Shaq rapping “Kobe, tell me how my ass taste.”
Now if this article made you feel a little awkward, then maybe you will appreciate this Shaq video.