Shaq calls the NBA legend the worst teammate he played with

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NBA Hall of Famer and four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal played alongside many teammates in his 19-year profession.

Spending time with six completely different organizations, O’Neal undoubtedly had teammates who acquired below his pores and skin. His disagreements with Kobe Bryant are legendary, ultimately leading to the Los Angeles Lakers buying and selling O’Neal to the Miami Heat in 2004.

Dennis Rodman reacts after being launched as a part of the NBA seventy fifth anniversary group throughout the 2022 NBA All-Star Game at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio, on Feb. 20, 2022.
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But there’s one NBA legend who Shaq dubs his “worst teammate.”

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“Worst teammate? Dennis Rodman,” O’Neal mentioned on “The Big Podcast with Shaq.” “He was an amazing participant, however he made it onerous. Like once you attempt to corral the guys collectively and the folks above you [are] letting this one man do no matter he needs. And rightfully so.

“So, we needed to be there an hour earlier than the sport. He’d are available in fifteen minutes earlier than the sport, consuming rooster and rice; big-a– plate of rooster and rice. While the coaches are speaking, he would soar in the bathe, chilly bathe, come and provide you with 15 to twenty rebounds.”

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The two Hall of Famers spent only one yr as teammates, the 1998-1999 season, however apparently that was sufficient for The Big Diesel.

TNT analyst Shaquille O'Neal smiles prior to Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics at Chase Center in San Francisco on June 5, 2022.

TNT analyst Shaquille O’Neal smiles previous to Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics at Chase Center in San Francisco on June 5, 2022.
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The admission is not shocking as Rodman was effectively generally known as a personality all through his legendary profession. Widely thought of the biggest rebounder the NBA has ever seen, Rodman was a two-time Defensive Player of the Year, a five-time NBA champion and was lately chosen as a member of the NBA’s seventy fifth anniversary group.

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However, Rodman was identified to be a tough teammate, famously taking a mid-season journey in 1998 to Las Vegas, the place Michael Jordan was pressured to journey to be able to deliver him again to the Chicago Bulls.

Dennis Rodman, left, and Michael Jordan pose for photos after the introduction of the NBA 75th anniversary team during the 2022 NBA All-Star Game at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio, on Feb.  20, 2022.

Dennis Rodman, left, and Michael Jordan pose for images after the introduction of the NBA seventy fifth anniversary group throughout the 2022 NBA All-Star Game at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio, on Feb. 20, 2022.
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By the time Rodman and O’Neal have been teammates, Rodman was at the tail finish of his profession, showing in simply 23 video games for the Lakers throughout the 1998-1999 NBA season. Rodman would go on to play another yr in the league, latching on with the Dallas Mavericks for 12 video games.

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