Jared Dudley

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  • Jared Dudley discusses Shaquille O’Neal, the legend

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    When you look up the definition of "superstar" in the dictionary, there should be a picture of Shaquille O'Neal. Few big men have possessed the rare combination of power, speed and agility of Shaq. The ultimate superstar has to have more than skill on the court. He must possess the "It Factor" -- a combination of marketable personality and championship rings.  Elite players, such as Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Michael "His Airness" Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal --  "The Diesel," "The Big Aristotle" or "Superman" -- all had the "It Factor."

    Shaq had an uncanny sense of how to utilize the media. He trash-talked before games, calling the Sacramento Kings the "Sacramento Queens." He was quick with clever phrases: "Win a ring for the king," he declared after being traded to Cleveland. "Can you dig it?" was another favorite. In my brief time with Shaq, my experience was exactly how I had envisioned: a dream come true.  He was always making his teammates laugh. On the bench he would freestyle rap

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  • Jared Dudley breaks down the Impact training series

    The NBA lockout officially started on July 1. Through failed negotiations between the Players Association and the NBA owners, some players anticipated a prolonged lockout into the fall. Fast forward to Sept. 19. Under normal circumstances NBA players would already be in their team's city, practicing with teammates and working with coaches and training staff. Instead there are charity games, exhibition games and workouts in training facilities to sharpen basketball skills. That is when the idea of the Impact training series began.

    At Impact Basketball, players can work on their basketball skills, weight training and play five-on-five games against fellow NBA players.

    Over 70 NBA players ranging from young stars like John Wall, Stephen Curry and DeMar DeRozan to seasoned veterans like Chauncey Billups, Rashard Lewis and Corey Maggette just completed a two-week training series in Las Vegas. As an NBA player/JMZ reporter, I wanted to give fans behind the scenes exclusive footage of

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