Bully Shaq Needs to Lay Off Dwight Howard
Unlike Jordan, O'Neal too insecure to embrace his legacy
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2009 5:29 PM CDT
Phoenix Suns center Shaquille O'Neal, right, looks for an opening around Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard.   (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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(Newser) – What is Shaq’s problem? He towers over his colleagues, both physically and statistically, yet he stoops to petty behavior with his continued derision of Orlando Magic star Dwight Howard—a man who idolizes O'Neal. “Howard is 23 years old, and Shaq owes it to the league, to common decency, to be civil with this kid,” Adrian Wojnarowski writes for Yahoo! Sports.

Howard says he’s puzzled by Shaq’s insults, which include “impostor,” but a friend of both players says the comments stem from insecurity. “All Dwight Howard ever wanted was to be the next Shaquille O’Neal. Michael Jordan always had been secure enough in his legacy, his greatness, to embrace Kobe and LeBron. You have to wonder: Will Shaq ever be?”