June 23, 2008
I’ve met third-graders with more maturity and self-esteem than Shaquille O’Neal has.
O’Neal, whose game has been in steady decline for the past half decade and who saw his Phoenix Suns eliminated in the first round of the 2008 NBA playoffs, has proven yet again what a classy ambassador for the Association he truly is by getting onstage at an NYC club Sunday night and freestyling childish rhymes about Kobe Bryant:
Shaquille O’Neal took the mic at a NYC club last night, unleashing a freestyle verbal assault directed at his arch-enemy Kobe Bryant. After spending several verses shredding Kobe apart for losing in the NBA playoffs, Shaq drops the line, “I’m a horse, Kobe ratted me out, that’s why I’m getting divorced.”
Apparently unaware that his “rap career” has been dead and gone for over a decade after never really taking off in the first place, the modern-day Stay Puft Marshmallow Man exhibited zero flow and even less vocabulary in dropping such brilliant rhymes like “that’s like a white boy trying to be more n**ger than me,” “it’s like Kareem saying to himself he’s better than me,” and of course “Kobe, tell me how my ass tastes.”
Shaquille O’Neal Photo Credit: Icon SMI
I’m sure a few of you live in constant amusement of Shaquille O’Neal; that’s fine, different strokes for different folks. You already know, however, that we here at ETB think Shaquille O’Neal is probably the most petulent player in the history of the NBA. Like the spat earlier this year with Pat Riley, what does O’Neal stand to gain from this? What does he have to prove to anybody after winning all those rings, being named to all those All-Star games, and being a shoo-in for induction into the NBA Hall of Fame?
And don’t tell us we don’t have any sense of humor. Please. We simply don’t understand his appeal on any level, don’t understand why he gets a free pass for all of his assinine and at times downright offensive behavior, and we certainly don’t think his tired quips and jokes are the least bit funny.
We’re no Kobe Bryant apologists. The league’s reigning MVP has more than his fair share of problems, and we wouldn’t doubt if he lashes back out at Shaq in an equally juvenile act of he said she said. The fact remains, however, that O’Neal’s egotistical posturing and megalomaniac complex has worn beyond thin, and we’re counting down the days until he walks off a NBA court for the very last time. It can’t come soon enough.