Shaquille O'Neal and Dwight Howard have an interesting history. Despite never having played together, O'Neal's disliked him since he came into the league and they've been at each other's necks from afar for nearly a decade. I've always likened them to Chris Rock and Kevin Hart. Kevin Hart is black famous, but Rock is famous. Howard is great for his era, but O'Neal is an all-time great. O'Neal was the more dominant player, but personality-wise, they're both the same person. At least Kobe Bryant had a legit reason for butting heads with O'Neal. After Howard became a Laker, O'Neal's shots at Howard became a bit more passive aggressive and he began anointing a new center that wasn't Howard as the best in the league on a regular basis. After Howard signed with the Houston Rockets though, the gloves were back off.
O'Neal opened his mouth agape when asked about Howard, who chose to leave the Lakers for the Houston Rockets late Friday, and joked about cheering on Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick in Saturday night's race.
A few seconds later, he threw an elbow Howard's way.
"It was expected," Shaq said. "We've all been in L.A., and not a whole lot of people can handle being under the bright lights. Everybody wants to do it, but when you get there, there are certain pressures. I think it was a safe move for him to go to a little town like Houston. That's right, little town. I said it."