Lakers’ Legend Shaquille O Neal Trolls Dwight Howard on Instagram

Published 08/25/2021, 12:37 PM EDT
Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O’Neal of the Miami Heat in action against the Dallas Maverics during game four of the NBA Finals at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida on June 15, 2006. (Photo by Allen Kee/WireImage)


Shaquille O’Neal is without a doubt one of the most dominant centers to ever play the league. Not only for the Los Angeles Lakers but he also played a major role in winning the championship for the Miami Heat in 2006. Truly a legend in the league’s history. Moreover, not a humble or a modest one at that. Today, he took to Instagram to post his name in the top ten centers of the league. However, Shaquille did not stop there. He went onto take a jab to reignite his old beef with current Lakers Center Dwight Howard.

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Shaquille O’Neal takes a dig at Dwight Howard

In the comments section of this post, a lot of fans mentioned that Dwight Howard was missing from this list. Dwight does indeed belong on this list. He at least belongs in the discussion of the best centers in the league. He is the only player in the league’s history to have won the Defensive Player of the Year (DPOY) thrice in a row. That’s an impressive record.

Jun 8, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Dwight Howard (39) reacts after scoring against the Atlanta Hawks during the fourth quarter in game two of the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

However, just the one ring in his cabinet is just not enough. Additionally, he lacks an offensive impact that can carry a team to the championship ring. He played an important role in the Lakers roster in 2020. No doubt about that. However, he did not do something that deserves a spotlight on that roster. And if DPOYs were the sole category to categorize their greatness, then Ben Wallace and Dikembe Mutombo belong on this list too.

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Nevertheless, O’Neal responded to two comments which basically said that Dwight Howard belongs somewhere on this list. To which, Shaq hilariously replied, “Wow” to one and “ha that’s a good one.” to the other. Shaquille O’Neal has a history of arguments and disagreements with Dwight Howard.

O’Neal’s history with Howard

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – JUNE 12: Kobe Bryant, Lindsey Hunter and Shaquille O’Neal of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate following Game Four of the NBA Finals against the New Jersey Nets on June 12, 2002 at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images via Getty Images)

Dwight Howard and Shaquille O’Neal have a history of being on the opposite sides of the table. They began their feud over something as trivial as the title of Superman and, somehow; it became much more from there. Even last year, when the Lakers won the Championship Ring, Shaq did not stop his mockery of Dwight. He essentially said that Dwight did nothing to deserve the ring and should not be celebrating. Shaquille has made it clear that he does not respect Dwight Howard. However, is it fueled out of spite or some form of superiority complex? I guess we’ll never know.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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