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Shaquille O’Neal will be enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame this weekend. The four-time NBA Champion is widely considered the most dominant player in NBA history. His legacy is solidified as arguably the best big man in the history of the game, but Shaq still doesn’t sound too satisfied.
In a recent interview with The Vertical, O’Neal says that he was only limited to playing “30 percent” of his real game. The Big Diesel says he was too focused on pounding it down low in the lane and never got to showcase his versatility.
“I only played 30 percent of my real game,” O’Neal told The Vertical. “I had a great career, but I didn’t get a chance to showcase what I can really do. That’s because the double- and triple-teams were coming so quick, I had to dominate, dominate, dominate inside. I had the ability to step out, go around defenders, dribble by people, but I never got to show that.
“I had to focus on being the most powerful, dominant player to ever play the game.”