NBA BEEF Dwight Howard and Shaquille O'neal

Just recently, Shaquille O’neal reignited the beef between him and veteran Dwight Howard with his harsh comments about the latter playing in Taiwan. After Dwight’s dominance in Taiwan’s T1 League, the Laker legend decided to diss the future Hall-of-Famer (Howard) saying:

“He’s supposed to have 30 points playing against dudes [who stands] 5’8”,” Shaquille O’Neal said. “This league reminds me of the Life Time Fitness league every Saturday when I go work out.”

After not getting picked up by any NBA team, Dwight Howard decided to play overseas where he landed in Taiwan. He signed with the Taoyuan Leopards and he is playing like a superstar there. Despite his monstrous performances, Shaq still seemed to be unimpressed. As a result, he made controversial and degrading comments, not just to Dwight, but also to Taiwan’s basketball players.

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In light of this event, Dwight Howard did not hold back and clapped back with an answer on his Instagram. In a live stream, DH12 fired back with these words:

“Stop hating basketball in Taiwan,” Howard said. “And I’m playing at the Lifetime Fitness League. Do not disrespect my teammates and this league and these people in Taiwan like that. That is highly disrespectful and that is hating and you’re too old to be hating. You’re too big to be hating. You’re supposed to be Superman, the original Superman, Shaquille O’Neal. The original Superman is hating? The OG Superman is hating?”

With the two now going at each other, their beef sparks up again and who knows what this might lead into.

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The beef history: Where it all started

Back in the younger years of Dwight, it was all fun and games with the already established Shaquille O’neal. It’s evident that Dwight idolized the Diesel in many ways, until the All-Star weekend in 2008.

During the dunk contest, Howard wore a superman outfit and won the contest later on. It was reported to be a tribute to Shaq, who was not an All-Star that year. However, none of his dunks or theatrics look even a tad bit of a tribute to the Big Aristotle. After that event, Shaq made a comment that “He is the Superman” still and winning the dunk contest won’t take that away from him. This is probably where the beef started to brew.

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Fast forward, the grudge is already growing between the two big men. Dwight mocking Shaq through impersonation while Shaq claps back with his “four rings card”. Let’s also not forget the Shaqtin’-a-fool show where Howard gets most of the “lowlights”. As the years go by, these two grown men have been going at each other in the internet. Many thought that the beef was already dead until Shaq expressed his hate towards Dwight again through his podcast.

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Why is Shaq still hating on Dwight?

In comparison, The Diesel has a way better career than Dwight. Shaq is also a better overall player, even a top 10 All-time great. But, why does he hate Dwight so much?

Dwight and Shaq Beef
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But, believe it or not, O’neal and Howard have very similar career paths.

  • Both were taken first overall by the Orlando Magic (Shaq was drafted in 1992, while Dwight was drafted in 2004).
  • Both were very dominant centers during their prime.
  • The two were coached by the same head coach in Orland, Brian Hill.
  • Both also got traded to the Los Angeles Lakers from Orlando Magic and later won a ring in Hollywood.
  • Both got the nickname “Superman”, which probably caused the beef between the two.
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Although they were eerily very similar, it’s obvious that Shaq had the better career. But, why does he hate Dwight so much?

The answer already lies in the first sentence in the question above. Since they share almost everything such as career path, nickname, and others, Shaq seems to think he is being mocked by Dwight Howard. Even though DH12 never got to come close to the player Shaq is, he still gets insecure but gets dismayed about Howard’s underperformance later in his career. Is this some kind of ego-tripping or is this some superiority complex issue? Is Shaq already getting out of hand? Let us know in the comments section below!


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John Micheal (sometimes called JM or Mike) has been writing various types of professional articles for almost 2 years now. He is an avid sports fan and has been following the NBA since the early 2000s. He also loves playing a lot of video games like DotA 2, Valorant, but MMOs have a special places in JM's heart. Not only is he a huge fan of basketball and video games, he also loves movies and tv shows. He is a huge MARVEL and MCU fan plus he is into a lot of superhero stuff.