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SBD/Issue 232/Sports Media
Man Of Steal? Shaq May Have Taken Idea For Show From Nash
Published August 20, 2009
|Did Shaq Steal Nash's Idea For Reality Show?|
THE GENTLE GIANT: ESPN's J.A. Adande said of O’Neal during Tuesday’s debut episode of “Shaq Vs.,” "He's fun to watch. I like the big entertainer. You have to appreciate the fact that he didn't stack the show so he's going to beat everybody.” FanHouse.com's Jay Mariotti asked, "How does Shaq lose at his own show? Ben (Roethlisberger) beat him, right? I guess that's part of the challenge of it” (“Around The Horn,” ESPN, 8/19). Miami Herald columnist Dan Le Batard said, "I'm impressed by his charisma, impressed by his ability to draw. … He's the most charismatic guy in sports." ESPN’s Michael Wilbon added, “He's the most charismatic guy in the sport where charisma matters most: in basketball" ("PTI," ESPN, 8/19).
REALLY FOLLOWING IN SHAQ'S FOOTSTEPS? ESPN’s “PTI” discussed a recent article by Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi which wondered whether Magic C Dwight Howard might become "too preoccupied with non-basketball fame" in a similar vein to what happened with O'Neal when he left the Magic in ’96. The Herald’s Le Batard noted Howard is "already working on a movie and is interested in entertainment projects." ESPN's Wilbon said, “You don't have to be in a big market … to get rich and to have people notice you and to have endorsers come to you or to have movie deals come to you." But Le Batard added, "It helps. You can't say it doesn't help to be in Los Angeles" ("PTI," ESPN, 8/19).