Shaquille O’Neal may have been the most dominant player of his generation — when he wanted to be — but the Big Diesel has always had a passion for hip-hop and dancing.
Shaq once went certified platinum with his first album, Shaq Diesel, and certified gold with Shaq Fu: Da Return, and currently hits the stage as DJ Diesel at music festivals around the world — including a spot at Lollapalooza this year. As for dancing, well, his entrance to the 2009 All-Star Game with the Jabbawockeez is legendary.
All this is to say, of all the retired players in the NBA, there’s no one more plugged in to the current music scene than Shaq — or more likely to hit some moves if the opportunity presents itself. On Monday night during TNT’s doubleheader, Shaq did just that as whoever was playing music in the back spun the opening to Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles” into Blueface’s “Thotiana,” and Shaq obliged.
First off, shouts to whoever was on the 1’s and 2’s at the Turner studios, because that’s a great mix. Second, Shaq’s still got some moves even as he nears 50 years old, and the Big Shaqiana is not afraid to show them off. I request instead of the rest of the Bucks-Pistons series, we just broadcast Shaq dancing to various mashups. At the least throw picture-in-picture of it in the screen.