"The Big Aristotle" is upset over comments Rome made on his radio show Wednesday. Rome said that Shaq's career was not as great as it could have been and that he "never approached the game with the dedication or discipline of Kobe Bryant," his former teammate on the Lakers.
He also added that Celtics GM Danny Ainge made a mistake in signing Shaq.
"Normally, I'm on board with what Danny Ainge does, but not this time. I don't like this move," he bluntly said.
Those barbs set the big man off. Shaq took to his Twitter account (THE_REAL_SHAQ) last night to fire back. "Jim Rome, I am happy with my career and the legacy that I have left behind, obviously u r not happy wit yur legacy I 4got u have no legacy," Shaq tweeted.
The 15-time NBA All-Star then laid out the challenge. "Forget the back and forth Jim Rome, I challenge you to a boxing match, live at ESPN studios, show the world you can back up the tuff talk," he posted.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: These two have history.
Jime Rome is based in Los Angeles. Shaquille O'Neal spent years with the Lakers.
So Rome has witnessed the best and worst of O'Neal. He saw the three championships and World Wars with Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson.
Rome never, ever missed an opportunity to comment on the soap opera that was the purple-and-gold. And Rome has never, ever missed an opportunity to comment on Shaq's career after he left the Lakers.
For instance, in early 2008, Rome had these thoughts on O'Neal's debut with the Phoenix Suns, which, if you're keeping count, was two teams ago.
(Romie calls Shaq 'The Big Has Been'.)
Later in 2008, the radio and television host even went on MadTV to 'interview' O'Neal. The end result is rather hilarious.
(The mumbling, full length sweat suit, and questions on Kobe's 'ball-and-chain' is gold.)
With so much fuel on this already blazing fire, the Rome-Shaq beef is far from finished.
The best way Shaq can silence his longtime nemisis is to accept a reserve role with Doc Rivers' squad and help the Celtics raise another championship banner.
Even that may not be enough.
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