Shaq’s New Book: Autobiography or Tell-All?
Shaquille O’Neal, just months after retiring from his illustrious (although injury- and laziness-plagued) NBA career, has released an autobiography. Entitled Shaq Uncut, the book tells all about his life on and off the court, especially the last few years of his career and his controversies with the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Of course, it’s got to be tough to write an autobiography that doesn’t read like a tabloid these days. With MediaTakeOut, tabloids and TMZ reporting on every move celebrities make, one has to get pretty detailed to truly own his story. We’re guessing that’s what Shaq is going for, although it seems that he’s telling us a lot of things we already knew.
For instance, Kobe Bryant‘s court case (and the infamous “Shaq does it” comment) ruined the Lakers:
Kobe stands up and goes face-to-face with me and says, “You always said you’re my big brother, you’d do anything for me, and then this Colorado thing happens and you never even called me.” I did call him.…So here we are now, and we find out he really was hurt that we didn’t stand behind him. That was something new. I didn’t think he gave a rat’s ass about us either way. “Well, I thought you’d publicly support me, at least,” Kobe said. “You’re supposed to be my friend.”
Brian Shaw chimed in with “Kobe, why would you think that? Shaq had all these parties and you never showed up for any of them. We invited you to dinner on the road and you didn’t come. Shaq invited you to his wedding and you weren’t there. Then you got married and didn’t invite any of us. And now you are in the middle of this problem, this sensitive situation, and now you want all of us to step up for you. We don’t even know you.…”
and LeBron James is basically uncoachable:
“I remember one day in a film session LeBron didn’t get back on defense after a missed shot. Mike Brown didn’t say anything about it. He went to the next clip and it was Mo Williams not getting back and Mike was saying, ‘Yo Mo, we can’t have that. You’ve got to hustle a little more.
“So Delonte West is sitting there and he’s seen enough and he stands up and says, ‘Hold up, now. You can’t be pussyfooting around like that. Everyone has to be accountable for what they do, not just some us.’ Mike Brown said, ‘I know, Delonte. I know.’ Mike knew Delonte was right.”
Maybe he can confirm the rumors about Delonte West and Mrs. James?
But, of course, for all of these obvious stories, there are a few revealing tidbits, such as Shaq’s confrontation with Pat Riley, how President Obama pretty much brought the Celtics down (they blame the man for everything, don’t they?) and the mutual admiration between Shaq and Halle Berry. Plus, Shaq spills the beans on the fact that he’s quite the accomplished businessman—owning more franchises than we would’ve thought, such as Five Guys, 24 Hour Fitness, and some Vegas nightlife establishments.
Have your theories confirmed and get an inside look at the NBA of old and new from one of the most recognizable faces the game has ever seen when Shaq, Uncut: My Story is released November 15.