Shaquille O’Neal Used 60s Cartoon Reference “Birdman! Birdman!” to Constantly Roast LeBron James’ Teammate

Published 06/22/2022, 9:30 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 23: Former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal laughs as he attends the unveiling of the Shaq Courts at the Doolittle Complex donated by Icy Hot and the Shaquille O’Neal Foundation in partnership with the city of Las Vegas on October 23, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Icy Hot)

LeBron James and Chris “Birdman” Andersen are arguably one of the top duos we have ever seen in the NBA. In addition, both players had the understanding to transform their teams into winners through their coordinated efforts. Chris became so popular that even NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal began to cheer for him.

A compilation video of Shaq saying “Birdman” whenever Chris made a dunk went viral on the internet. Using a 1960s cartoon reference, O’Neal constantly destroyed James’ teammate and left Barkley in shambles: “Birdman! Birdman!” 

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Even in one shot, Shaq tried out a wig with the same hairstyle as Chris, since his funny look was so apparent. As the video continues to go viral, fans are enjoying how Shaq is entertaining everyone through his comedy.

During the time Chris played in the NBA, he was among the top rebounders and shot blockers in the league. He goes by the name “Birdman” as Shaq has called him, which is a nod to Rocky Mountain Revue in 2002.

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Andersen was called “Birdman” by Junior Harrington and Kenny Satterfield because of the length of his arms and his flair for aerial acrobatics. In addition, the demand for him in teams was at an all-time high as he was one of the top players in the NBA.

Where is Chris “Birdman” Andersen, who used to be cheered on by Shaquille O’Neal?

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Having played 16 seasons in the NBA, Andersen is not only known for his performances, but also for other reasons. In the NBA, he has made headlines not just for his tattoos, but also for his hairstyles. He was loved by fans because of his personality.

Not only that but there will be no feud that can be found that included him in the team. He was loved by all of his teammates as well. Even after retirement from the NBA, he joined the BIG3 league and won the 2018 league championship.

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In that season, he was named the league’s defensive player of the year for his excellent play. According to the BIG3’s website, Andersen ended up retiring after the 2019 season. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below. 

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Anshika Rai

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Anshika Rai is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. She is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Anshika has been following NBA for many years now.

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