NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal is well known for his jovial character, but he was on the receiving end of the joke on April Fools’ Day.
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Bleacher Report released their rankings of the greatest centers in NBA history on Tuesday, and the TNT crew on ‘Inside the NBA’ had a little fun at the former Los Angeles Lakers star’s expense by tinkering with the order.
As the list went on, O’Neal’s name was nowhere to be seen and with ridiculous names popping up before him, the shock was evidently growing in ‘The Big Aristotle’.
Eventually, he showed up at number nine behind the likes of Jack Sikma and Alonzo Mourning but fortunately they had the cameras locked on him throughout to capture his reactions to the rankings.
As expected, it was just an April Fools Day joke and so the Big Diesel laughed it off and gave all the viewers as well as his co-presenters a great watch in the process.
O’Neal won four championships during his NBA career with spells with the likes of the Lakers and Miami Heat, and is widely regarded as one of the most dominant centers ever to play the game during his peak years.