Shaquille O’Neal was regarded as being one of the most playful and funny NBA players throughout his 19 years in the league. Now, Shaq’s former coach in Phoenix has revealed a hobby of the big man’s that will only boost his class-clown reputation.
Alvin Gentry told Henry Abbot of ESPN’s True Hoop that O’Neal used to force his teammates to wrestle with him while he was naked.
Gentry: The thing that [Shaq] did that he was notorious for is every few days – or week or so – he would decide that it was time for this Brazilian, naked wrestling contest. So you would never know who the chosen one was.
What would happen when you least expect is that this seven-foot, 310 pound guy would turn the corner. And he would be stark naked and he would run right at you full-speed, grab you. He would take you to the floor and then he would do about five rollovers with you. And he would always tell our trainers who it was gonna be, so they were always prepared for it. But you never knew who it was gonna be.
Yes, I was a victim of this.
While a truly incredible story, the fact that this isn’t really that much of a surprise speaks to how great of a prankster Shaq is.
To watch Gentry tell the incredible tale, head to TrueHoop TV.
(H/T to Dime Magazine for transcribing the interview.)