Shaquille O’Neal is probably the last true center the NBA will ever see now that we’ve ushered in this new era where big men play outside the paint and drain three’s (or try to at least) like 7 foot shooting guards.
But aside from dominating the paint like few five’s ever have, one of Shaq’s early career signature moves was shattering backboards and tearing down rims like they were fragile branches on a tree. Interestingly enough while most NBA players were taking home basketballs and other souvenirs to remind them of their career accomplishments, Shaq-Fu was taking home actual game rims that fell victim to his mammoth goliath like strength.
A few years ago Shaq shared a picture of his “Rim Tree” which is comprised of all the iron that Shaquille mangled during his prolific Hall of Fame career and to this day we’re still amazed at how tall the 19 rim structure towers over the legendary big man.
Like the Iron Throne which is forged from a thousand swords surrendered to king conquerer (Game of Thrones reference), the rim tree is assembled from the hoops that had no chance against the Diesel that was/is Shaquille O’Neal.
While lots of others NBA greats can lay claim to multiple MVP’s, championships, and scoring titles, none can lay claim to the on court damage that one Shaquille O’Neal wrecked on the league.
And he has the evidence to prove it.