Shaq, being the entertainer that he is — after all, he is the superstar who graced moviegoers with Kazaam — went all out for his Hall of Fame speech.
He started off doing what most people entering the Hall do: he thanked family members and teammates who helped him throughout his career. But every now and then, the Big Cactus/Aristotle/whichever of the hundreds of nicknames you prefer would stop to roast someone.
He has plenty of experience, too, putting together a few comedy roasts in the early 2000s.
Kobe probably got it the worst. What seemed like a genuine and wholehearted appreciation for his former teammate quickly turned into the best swerve of the night.
“Last, but not least, the great Kobe Bryant. A guy that would push me to help me win three titles in a row. But also help me get pushed off the team and traded to Miami.”
He even joked about his Buick deal. You can’t blame Shaq Diesel for that. If you were offered $3 million but didn’t fit in the car, you’d make it work anyway too.
Shaq also managed to sneak in a story about facing Yao Ming early on.
Shaq’s career spans almost 20 years with six teams and he’s widely considered one of the greatest big men in the history of the NBA. Still, his ability to entertain is almost as stellar as his time on the court. His Hall of Fame speech was practically a roast.