06/07/11 8:43 am EST
The first NBA player, no actually the first athlete I ever fell in love with was Shaquille O’Neal. Charismatic, powerful, goofy, entertaining and exuberant, Shaq’s image started to become imprinted into the brains of sports fans and then in time, the world. At first it was Kazam, then it was hilarious bleeped out locker room interviews and ultimately the image of O’Neal screaming “Can you dig it?!” during championship parades in L.A.
His thundering style of play around the basket was something the NBA needed to fill the void of Moses Malone, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain. Shaq was something you couldn’t stop watching. We here at Philadunkia tip our caps to Shaq on what is no doubt a Hall of Fame career. He is a true original on and off the court.
Yet, as amazing has his career ended up being, Shaquille O’Neal was bested by our 76ers a fair share of times. And since this is still a very dedicated and loyal 76ers site, we’re going to honor Shaq’s career as only we could.
After hitting the books on some NBA history we came up with the top five moments in which the Sixers got the best of the NBA’s original “Superman”.