via FSN Southwest:
We all know that Shaquille O’Neal has always prodded Dwight Howard. Despite what some may believe, O’Neal says he has no ill will towards Howard. O’Neal does it all in an effort to bring out the best in Howard. As for Dwight, he says that’s the wrong approach.
Per FSN Southwest
“I love Dwight and I see his potential. Hopefully, when I say these things he gets mad,” O’Neal said in an interview. “Just think about it. At the dunk contest, he dunked on that thing when it was 15 feet. Remember that? OK, so why can’t you back people down (in the post)? Because if you think I didn’t play against great centers, he’s not playing against nobody, you know what I mean? “So he should be able to back people down and jump-hook them to death. That’s why I envision in him as a player.” Howard actually jammed on a 12-foot hoop while wearing a Superman cape in the 2009 dunk contest, but why stop O’Neal? He was on a roll. “Same thing Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar] did to me, the same thing Wilt [Chamberlain] did to me,” O’Neal said. “I can remember one time reading an article and I’m averaging 37 [points] in the playoffs and we lose and somebody asks Kareem, ‘Hey, what do you think about Shaq? He’s a great player.’ And Kareem says, ‘Yeah, he’s OK, but he hasn’t won any championships.’ I didn’t respond, I didn’t cry, I just stepped up and got to the next level. So I’m always going to stay on [Howard] because I actually see him being one of the best Lakers ever if he steps up.”