Shaq Gets Shaq’d on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Very few Centers in the National Basketball Association (NBA) have ever dominated in the way that Shaquille (Shaq) O’Neal did during a career that spanned 19 years.  During his time on the court, Shaq was an All Star 15 times and was on four NBA Championship teams, three of which were during his eight years playing with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Two years ago the Lakers retired Shaq’s #34 jersey in honor of his achievements with the team.  While this was an expected action by the Purple & Gold organization, it is generally not done until a player has been selected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  Shaq was, last month, nominated to be inducted.

Recently, the NBA big-man, who can be quite the practical joker, received a fantastic surprise.  In Shaq parlance, he got Shaq’d.  During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the host orchestrated the event perfectly, a can be seen below, where the big man is told he is getting a statue outside of the Lakers’ Staples Center arena.

It was great to see Shaq so surprised. It is a well-deserved acknowledgment, done in an absolutely wonderful manner.

Over For Now.

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Kobe Bryant Moves To #5 All-time Leading NBA Scorer

Kobe Bryant, of the Los Angeles Lakers, added another statistic to his already impressive resume, which includes 5-time NBA Champion, 2-time NBA Finals MVP, 14-time NBA All Star, 4-time NBA All Star MVP, 2-time NBA Scoring Champion, etc.

This week the Black Mamba moved to the number 5 spot as the All-time NBA Leading Scorer, passing former teammate Shaquille O’Neal, with a total of 28,601 points, averaging 25.36 per game.
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The closest active player behind him is #19 Kevin Garnett with 23,659.

And those who are still ahead of him? Those would be the All Stars in the 30,000 Club:

1) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38,387 – 24.61 per game
2) Karl Malone 36,928 – 25.02
3) Michael Jordan 32,292 – 30.12
4) Wilt Chamberlain 31,419 – 30.07

Based on his career average, it will take Kobe 111 games to catch Wilt.

If he is able to keep that per game average going, and he is currently performing above that level in this shortened 66-game year, Kobe will move to number 4 in the latter part of the 2012-13 season, not counting any games during the play-offs.

And then sometime in first 23 games of the following season, again not counting post-season, he would pass Michael Jordan.

All of which means that with a substantial number of post-season appearances, Kobe would surpass both Wilt and MJ next season.

The path to achieve #2 and passing Karl Malone seems a bit more daunting as the 4,636 point spread between #2 and #3 would take him into the 2016-2017 season (not counting any post-season games). Not impossible, but certainly a long ways off.

Congratulations to Kobe on his latest achievement.

Over For Now.

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Get Ready ! – Shaq at TNT for NBA 2K12 Season

Get ready! Big things are coming!

As players and fans prepare for the start of the lockout-shortened 66-game 2011-2012 season, beginning December 25, Shaquille O’Neal is all set to join Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson at the Emmy-Award winning “Inside the NBA” as a TNT Sports Analyst.

This promo video of the new Shaq on TNT NBA is priceless.


If nothing else, it should be fun to have Shaq offering commentary about various games and players because, as everyone knows, Diesel can, and does, say what he wants to say when he wants to say it.

Unfortunately, the following video could only be linked (no embedding option) but it is a must-see clip as it captures the quite over-the-top introduction of Shaq to the show by his co-hosts: Shaq Introduction. (Note: there is the annoying and, it seems these days almost mandatory, 30-second commercial prior to the clip, but the intro is well-worth the ad torture.)

Over For Now.

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NBA Highlights – Kobe, LeBron, Shaq, Jordan, DWade Performance All Star Scoring

Watching an NBA Super Star score over 50 points in a single game is nothing less than exhilarating.

One can only imagine the adrenaline that flows through the player’s body as he keeps throwing up the ball and it keeps going through the hoop.

In order to fill some of the void made possibe by the NBA Lockout 2011, below are complete scoring highlights of highest ever performances recorded by some of Main Street One’s favorite hoopsters: Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, and Shaquille O’Neal.

Enjoy a few minutes of basketball greatness.

Kobe 81 points vs Raptors 2006


LeBron 56 points vs Raptors 2005

Jordan 69 points vs Cavs 1990

Shaq 61 points vs Clippers 2000 (on his birthday)

That is what the sport is all about.

Over For Now.

Main Street One