WATCH: Shaquille O’Neal Displays Stephen Curry Range as He Drains A Long Range Shot

Published 12/24/2021, 11:29 PM EST
Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 24, 2021 American former professional basketball player Shaquille O’Neal is seen on the grid before the start of the race Pool via REUTERS/Darron Cummings


The NBA is now in the shooting era. However, not too long ago, it was a big man’s game. The centers dominated the proceedings and were the main center of attraction. Shaquille O’Neal was one of the spearheads of this era. Now, there are questions if he could play in the current time. The Big Diesel had no problems in showing his shooting supremacy.

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Shaq is often associated with dominance and brute force. The NBA Hall of Famer was a nightmare for the opponent’s defense. At over 7 feet, the big man could run the court like a guard and be unstoppable in the paint. With the decrease of contact in the current era, Shaq would be in full force.

LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 13: (L-R) Former NBA players Charles Barkley, Reggie Miller and Shaquille O’Neal attend the 2016 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

While the big man had just one three in his entire NBA career, it seems he was holding it back all along.

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Shaquille O’Neal from way deep

When it comes to shooting, Shaq has never been the top contender. Not only did he take threes, but O’Neal was a poor free-throw shooter as well. Hence, it is difficult to process him being a good shooter from the perimeter.

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However, after retirement, the Big Aristotle has been on fire, displaying his range wherever possible. Recently, he showed just why he would have no problems adapting to the three-point era.

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Shaq went to a basketball court and put in a swish three-pointer. However, it wasn’t just a normal three-point shot. The big man went way back into the green and took a shot. He had the entire crowd going on draining the shot while he himself was elated.

O’Neal has put work in on his three-point shot after retirement. Practicing with his sons, Shaq himself takes shots and works on his perimeter game. Recently, he even took a challenge on the set of Inside the NBA.

While he missed the first few, Shaq said he was joking around. The Big Diesel then went in and drained the very next one. Adding his own comedic twist, Shaquille O’Neal is working his way up the big man shooting ladder after hanging the sneakers.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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