Josh Robbins On Shaq & Dwight Howard

On June 3, at a retirement ceremony at his Isleworth mansion, Shaq had some of his employees wear T-shirts that read: “The Real Superman Has 4 Rings.” That was an obvious dig at Howard.

But after the ceremony ended, Shaq insisted to reporters that he really wasn’t upset with Howard. He said his barbs directed toward Howard through the years had been calculated.

“It’s all marketing,” O’Neal told the scribes. “I help you guys out. You guys help me out. A lot of stuff I say is bull—-, and you all know that, but you guys write it. The fans read it, and I come to the arena and get booed. It’s the system. It’s all part of the game.”

“It’s exactly like wrestling,” Shaq added. “I may go at Dwight or go at other players, but it’s nothing personal. Dwight’s mom and my mom are great friends, so, honestly, I can’t go at him like that even if I wanted to.”

So which is it?

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