An NBA player 5 inches taller than Shaquille O’Neal forced the millionaire star to say “Who the fuck is that?”



Shaquille O’Neal is a giant of a man. His height was recorded at 7’1″ when he started playing in the NBA. His height was one of the hallmarks of his game. Shaq’s dominance was even more effective due to his physique. He was always strong around the rim. Shaq was also brilliant defensively. Easily one of the greatest centers and, in fact, one of the greatest players to ever play in the NBA.

Shaq was the best big man during his playing time. Speaking of big men playing in the NBA, Chinese center Yao Ming is one of the greatest basketball players to ever play in the NBA. His height was recorded at 7’6″. Even Shaq was shocked when he first met the Houston Rockets star.

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“My first impression of Yao was: who the fuck is that?” Shaq revealed what his first impression and introduction to Yao Ming was like.

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“Because he came in and I tried to hit him with a smooth finger rolling motion, block! Next play I tried to hit him with a fadeaway, block! Next time I tried to mount, dip, block! The first guy who blocked my shot three times in a row. So he’s definitely the first guy I’ve had to like to change the way I play against a man. And he’s also the first to have it, to turn around, to look me straight in the eye and shoot me. So that’s what I first thought of when I first thought of Yao. Shaq said about Yao Ming.

Match between Shaquille O’Neal and Yao Ming

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Shaq and Yao Ming had a good friendship. In the field, they met several times. The game Shaq was talking about was just their first of many meetings.

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In 18 Games against each other, Shaq won 10 while Yao 8. Of those 8, Yao could only win once in the playoffs, so 7 in the regular season. While Shaq won 4 in the playoffs and 6 in the regular season. Against each other, Yao averaged 17.6 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2 assists per game. While Shaq averaged 21.1 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists.

The game record for Yao was 34 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists. While for Shaq, it was 39 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists. The Hall of Famers are certainly among the best centers in NBA history.