Shaquille O’Neal explains why he’ll never apologize for ruthless criticism of Dwight Howard

Robert Marvi
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Los Angeles Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal has been a critic of current Lakers center Dwight Howard for a while now, and the four-time champ recently doubled down on his harsh rhetoric.

Shortly after the Purple and Gold clinched the 2020 NBA championship, O’Neal threw shade at the three-time Defensive Player of the Year.

The Atlanta, Ga. native became persona non grata in Southern California after his first stint with the team. He earned a reputation as a diva, especially after he failed to get along with Kobe Bryant.

He bounced around from team to team afterward and had similar issues getting along with teammates at each stop.

When Howard returned to the Lakers in the summer of 2019, many observers rolled their eyes at the possibility that he would be a positive asset.

But that’s exactly what he was this past season, as he played a key role on the defensive end and on the boards.

His contributions helped the Lakers nab a title inside the NBA bubble.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif., and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s and fell in love with the Nick Van Exel-led Lakers teams. He truly cherishes the Kobe Bryant-era of Lakers basketball and the five world championships that came with it, and is looking forward to the team's next NBA title.