“Shaq So Small”: Shaquille O’Neal Admits Honor to Meet Zach Edey Leaving Fans Puzzled Over Who’s the Taller 7ft+ Giant

Published 04/06/2024, 9:26 PM EDT

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Purdue has scripted history with their epic win in the Final Four. They have now made their first championship game since 1969 with a comfortable 63-50 victory over NC State. Yet again, it was Zach Edey who was the standout star for the Boilermakers with his fantastic double-double comprising 20 points and 12 rebounds.

However, it was not only the crowd that acknowledged his amazing performance. As it turns out, the 7 ft 4 in was paid a special visit from another towering giant Shaquille O’Neal.

Zach Edey embraces his ‘Shaq’ experience


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Soon after the game ended, everyone witnessed both these tall athletes sharing the screen together and having a moment. Moreover, Zach was also heard saying ‘It’s an honor’ while he was shaking hands with the four-time NBA champion. It is no news that Edey draws a lot of inspiration from Shaq. Moreover, a lot of similarities can be drawn between these big men with regard to how they asserted their dominance on the court.

Additionally, his scintillating display on the hardwood caught the attention of the 3-time NBA Finals MVP. He was asked to spare some thought on how good was Edey for the night. To which he responded, “He has a nice touch around the basket. He uses his body well. He’s playing very well and he’s staying out of foul trouble.”

Following this, a buzz started around social media that started quite a debate.

Fans delighted at this giant meet-up

The moment didn’t take long to evoke a range of reactions from the fans. Seemingly, the question that they are now asking is who is taller among the two behemoths.

One X user noticed their height difference and stated that O’Neal was the shorter one.

Another similar comment stated that only Zach Edey can make Shaquille O’Neal look small.

Meanwhile, one hilarious reaction read that after meeting Edey, Shaq feels insecure now that he’s entered the ‘Big Man’ league.

In addition to this, one fan posted an old picture of Shaquille O’Neal and Yao Ming together and captioned it, ‘Shaq & Zach Edey’

One fan went on and characterize both of them as legends.

Also, one close observer was quick to point out how it’s weird for Shaq to make eye contact with someone without having to look down.


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Surely, the attendance was star-studded for this exciting Final Four game. It will be worth noticing if Shaquille O’Neal will pay a visit in the upcoming championship game as well. Come what may, fans will be eager to witness more such moments on Purdue’s historic day next.


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Written by:

Shahryar Fazal


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Shahryar Fazal is a senior NBA writer at EssentiallySports. His specialisation lies in his scrupulous Live Coverage of the events like NCAA and WNBA tournaments. A former sportsman himself, Shahryar used to contribute stories for publishing houses like TOI before taking up American sports as his field of interest.
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Pragya Vashisth