Saturday, August 22, 2009

Did Shaq Claim Steve Nash's Idea As His Own?

The week Shaquille O'Neal debuted his latest media venture with the show "Shaq Vs." on ABC in which Shaq competes against other famous athletes in their area of proficiency. In the debut show, which garnered very lukewarm ratings O'Neal competed against Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. It turns out that according to the Arizona Republic Shaq stole the idea from former teammate Steve Nash who had mentioned it to teammates in passing. The ever enterprising O'Neal mentioned the same idea while boarding the team bus last year to Nash's dismay. This apparent brainstorm by Nash's teammate caused tension on the team last year, but Nash did cover his bases by hiring an attorney and at least is receiving executive producer credit on the show.

Both former teammates deny any contentiousness, but Nash was smart to cover himself. Shaquille O'Neal was a great player, and is obviously selfish to the point of promoting himself by any means necessary even if it's to the detriment of teammates. Hopefully King James is ready for the drama that may be coming in Cleveland.