Shaquille O’Neal, Who Used to ‘Strip Down to Nothing’, Once Showed Up to Lakers Training Wearing Nothing But Sneakers

Published 05/11/2022, 5:30 PM EDT
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – DECEMBER 28: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Shaquille O’Neal attends 2019 World Lightweight & World Light Heavy Weight Championships at State Farm Arena on December 28, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

Shaquille O’Neal was one of the best centers to ever play in the NBA. Most opponents feared him for his ability to humiliate others on the court with his size, power, and quickness. The posters and broken rims and backboards speak for themselves. But Shaq is also one of the funniest guys to be around.

The Lakers legend can be seen having fun at whichever show he features in. And you can understand that if you listen to his podcasts as he shares some of his funniest deeds. 

It is reported that according to some former coaches, Shaq used to strip down to nothing now and then just to lighten the room. And that he used to pull pranks all the time by tackling teammates and coaching staff. It is safe to say that Shaq has been the team’s joker wherever he played.


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But one incident stands out from the rest. When the Lakers were having a practice session under coach Phil Jackson, O’Neal showed up wearing nothing but his sneakers. The steps this guy takes to have a fun and positive vibe on the team are extraordinary. 


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Shaquille O’Neal’s funny side

The Big Diesel is never shy of the spotlight, and he always has one on him. He has made us all laugh over the years. The type of challenges he takes on TV are hilarious. Shaq’s encounters with Charles Barkley are hilarious in their own right. Fans would love a show that features just the two of them. 

Head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers Phil Jackson (R) talks with Shaquille O’Neal (L) 05 June, 2001, during practice for the NBA Finals at the Staples Arena in Los Angeles. The Lakers will face the Philadelphia 76ers in game one starting 06 June, 2001. (Photo: JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)

During his playing career, he has had some funny moments too. It is funny how fast fans and even fellow players clear the bleachers when Shaq is about to dive for a loose ball going out of bounds. Shaq’s celebrations, after making free throws, are a treat. 


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Recently, Shaq waged war on Spice Adams by telling ‘Yo mama’ jokes out of nowhere in his latest podcast. And the comedian was absolutely puzzled as didn’t expect that at the moment. Because Shaq was actually explaining something else and he hit Spice out of nowhere. 

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Shaq said, “…I just want to tell Spice’s mama so fat when she fell I didn’t laugh but the sidewalk cracked up…”. But Spice some how had a come back saying, “Yo mama in the G-league and she leave the league and cherry-picking in 3-second violations because she never goes anywhere she’s in the same place.”.

This went back and forth a couple of times before Nischelle called for a break.



Bagavathi Eswaran

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Bagavathi Eswaran is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He has been playing the game of basketball for more than 20 years now and has also been following the NBA for more than 10 years. After not being able to go pro, this former college player decided to join the IT industry.