Shaq says, “That’s why I signed a two-year deal in Boston,” acknowledging his desperation to overtake Wilt Chamberlain in the record book for points scored.

It was O’Neal’s goal to outscore the other all-time great center in points scored.

Wilt Chamberlain’s legacy as a scorer and rebounder continues to serve as a benchmark for other big men, even though he may not have been declared the best NBA champion in history due primarily to his bitter rival Bill Russell.

 

In order to establish himself as the unquestionably most dominant center in NBA history, Shaquille O’Neal set out to exceed “The Big Dipper” in the league’s all-time point total as soon as he became a dominant force.

“I was going to gloat, ‘I’m the most dominant big man ever,’ and I really wanted to pass him up in points.” I mean, he won two titles, I know that. I’m in the conversation if I get two. However, I started to edge ahead of him in points when I scored three, and then four,” O’Neal stated on his podcast.

 

“I signed a two-year contract in Boston because of this. I have two years to average ten points. “I intended to hold a press conference,” he continued.

O’Neal shows respect for Chamberlain.

Shaq set out to surpass the four-time MVP despite having played five more seasons than him in terms of scoring totals. Nevertheless, he was defeated by 5.942 points and ended his career with the fifth-highest number of points ever—O’Neal currently sits at No. 9 on the list, while Chamberlain is at seventh

 

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Nevertheless, “The Diesel” has always been the one to recognize Wilt’s exceptionality. Bill Russell, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, and Chamberlain were among the big giants that O’Neal mentioned when Jamal Crawford asked him to select his Mount Rushmore of big men. And he called the latter the ‘other most dominant’ big man in history.

 

‘Diesel’ famously declared, nonetheless, that his best effort would “bust Wilt’s a**,” even if O’Neal believed he had fallen short of being crowned the unanimous greatest center in NBA history.

Wilt and Shaq don’t like to share the crown.

O’Neal has expressed his frustration before over Chamberlain and him sharing the title of most dominant big man. The 15-time All-Star acknowledged that he had always “desired to stand alone” in this category during his appearance on Trae Young’s “From The Point” podcast

 

Despite Shaq’s unprecedented success during his NBA career, Wilt’s legacy will always be compared to Shaq’s. Although O’Neal would much rather stand head and shoulders above every other big man in NBA history, it’s still better to be in the same league as players like Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Chamberlain.

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