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Shaquille O’Neal Thinks Brook Lopez is a Better Center than Dwight Howard

Shaquille O’Neal and Dwight Howard have had something of a contentious relationship over the past few years.

Initially, they were supposedly good friends with O’Neal serving as a mentor of sorts to Howard. Then, for whatever reason, O’Neal purportedly began to feel as though Howard was stealing a little too much of his style and they became rivals.

A few months ago, in the midst of Dwightmageddon, O’Neal suddenly emerged as a supposed advisor to Howard. Yeah, nobody could figure out why either.

What’s their Facebook status at this point in time? Apparently they’re back to not being friends again. Here is what O’Neal had to say about his one-time disciple recently:

“We as players, we always watch people before us,” Shaq said during an roundtable discussion (via Larry Brown Sports).

“When I came in it was Patrick Ewing and Hakeem Olajuwon, guys who played like true centers who played inside. What we have now are centers that are going to the European style, which is a lot of pick-and-roll. Dwight Howard, who’s a pick-and-roll player, some people say he’s the best center in the league, but me being an old-school center, I’m going to go with Robin Lopez and Andrew Bynum because they play with their back to the basket.”

The Robin Lopez referenced there is actually Brook Lopez, obviously.

“Like if you want to go to go to flash and dunking and the pick and roll, you gotta go with Dwight Howard,” he continued. “But me, the last true original dundaughta (slang for big timer), I’m going with Andrew Bynum and which Lopez? Brook. Brook Lopez.”

So, there you have it.

How much stock should you put into O’Neal’s words? Absolutely none. Over the past few years he has proven himself completely and totally incapable of offering praise to anyone who he views as a potential threat to his legacy. O’Neal’s compliments, if you’ve noticed, always come after the fact whenever he doesn’t see himself in competition with whoever he is talking about.

But yeah – Brook Lopez is better than Dwight Howard. Whatever you say, Shaq.

(Kudos Larry Brown Sports)

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