The pulse behind the Cult of Shaq continues apace. The sports-level phenomenon is not hurting anyone, he’s hardly ubiquitous enough to annoy nor sensational enough to offend, so why shouldn’t his sub-prime media reign continue?
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Shaquille O’Neal will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame this week, a deserved honor for a four-time NBA champion, Olympic gold medal winner, one-time FIBA World Champion, one-time NBA MVP and exceedingly dominant player and personality. The parallels and concurrent contrasts running between O’Neal and fellow inductees Allen Iverson and Yao Ming’s career arcs are striking, and it only makes sense that the first ballot HoF’er would take his place in the shrine alongside the two most famous of his would-be career combatants.
The idea that fame is what O’Neal coveted above all is best left for someone else to ponder far down the road, longRead More »from Shaquille O'Neal is a Hall of Famer