Latest Shaqness

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Intentional fouling has become a hot topic during the NBA playoffs. Gregg Popovich ruthlessly employs the strategy with DeAndre Jordan, while Rick Carlisle uses the tactic on Houston’s brigade of charity stripe challenged big men. The actual act of intentionally fouling is referred to as the ‘Hack-a-Shaq,’ because the strategy originated when Don Nelson began intentionally fouling Shaquille O’Neal when he first came into the NBA and struggled from the line; also, it rhymes.

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Adam Silver has made quite a name for himself since taking over for longtimeNBA commissioner David Stern in February 2014. The man formerly known largely to the public as the smiley pick announcer of the NBA draft's second round has quickly become known for his strong stances and shrewd negotiation skills.

 

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With a little over a week to go until the blockbuster welterweight world championship unification super fight between 11-time, five-division world champion Floyd "Money" Mayweather and eight-division world champion Manny "PacMan" Pacquiao, the biggest celebrities in entertainment and sports line up and take sides.

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Golden State Warriors' Andrew Bogut (12) celebrates after dunking past New Orleans Pelicans' Dante Cunningham (44) during the second half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Monday, April 20, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. Golden State won 97-87. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez.

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When the Clippers were up, 94-92, over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2, Charles Barkley apparently started celebrating. Then Blake Griffin committed a costly turnover with 11.9 seconds left, leading to Patty Mills making two free throws, which forced the game into overtime.

 

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Shaquille O’Neal is one of the most recognisable sports stars in the entire world. His fame is due not only to his physical dominance on the basketball court – the likes of which fans have never seen in the NBA before or since – but also his larger-than-life personality. He is a media dream, always ready with a soundbite and a seemingly-endless list of nicknames, including (but certainly not limited to) The Diesel, Shaq Fu, and The Big Aristotle.

 

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​SI.com will periodically panels its basketball experts during the 2015 NBA playoffs and ask them a pressing question about the league. Today's topic, a favorite of Gregg Popovich's.

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Grantland just put up an excellent oral history of the Magic teams from the 1990s that featured Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway. It's super long, but it includes all kinds of cool anecdotes and stories from those teams and will leave you wondering what Orlando might have been able to accomplish if Shaq hadn't left the team for the Lakers in the summer of 1996.

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Kobe Bryant is out for the season, but his social-media presence is rounding into postseason form.

 

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As long as he is in the spotlight, Shaquille O’Neal will always give us things to talk about, and he has set his sights on Bill Simmons.