Cleveland Cavaliers center Shaquille O’Neal hit a pretty significant milestone on Tuesday night, but his mind was elsewhere afterwards.
With a lay-up in the opening minute of the Cavs 108-100 win over the Toronto Raptors, O’Neal became just the fifth player in NBA history to score 28,000 points, joining the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain in that exclusive club.
So what was he talking about afterwards? Saving the NBA all-star dunk contest, of course!
The Big Aristotle had this to say when he was asked if he would like to see teammate LeBron James participate in this year’s festivities:
"As his manager, I will only allow 'Bron to do the dunk contest if Vince Carter comes back out, if Kobe comes back out and if another big name comes back out…The guys that are in it, no disrespect to them, but there won't really be any competition for LeBron. I want to see Kobe. I want to see Vince and I will allow my client to enter."
To sweeten the pot, O’Neal says there should be a big prize with half of the money going to the people of Haiti.
First of all, I think it’s great that Shaq is trying to think up creative ways to raise money to help out in Haiti, but maybe waiting until the day after the dunk contest lineup is announced isn’t the best way to go about it.
Also, just half the money going to the people of Haiti? We’re talking about guys that make $23-million (Kobe), $16.1-million (Carter) and $15.7-million (LeBron) per year here.
Having those three players participate would be awesome for the event, but pushing for it after the lineup is already set is a bit silly. Anyways, as you’ll see in the video below, there’s no shortage of highlight reel footage these days as it is:
Just for kicks, here are the top 10 dunks of all time: