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Shaquille O’Neal Names Toughest NBA Team He Played Against
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In an interview with Howard Beck of Bleacher Report, Shaquille O’Neal named the “toughest” team he played during his career...the 2000 Portland Trailblazers.
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“They were the toughest team,” Shaq said, “and they were the only team that wasn’t scared of us.”

The 1999-2000 Blazers went 59-23 in the Western Conference. Portland had Rasheed Wallace, Scottie Pippen, Steve Smith, Damon Stoudemire, Arvydas Sabonis, Detlef Schrempf and Bonzi Wells, among others.

Portland lost to Los Angeles, 4-3, in the Western Conference Finals.
(The Spun)
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SD Tider45 months
I’d kind of forgotten about the Pippen Blazers, but yeah they were tough.
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Deuces45 months
Now they’re the Portland Trail-Shitters.
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Akit145 months
Had a 15 point 4th qtr lead before Lakers rally.
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brgfather12945 months
Yeah...those '04 Pistons were terrified of you. #gsweep
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lsutigersFTW45 months
Bro the 1999-2000 Lakers were a were a way animal than that 03-04 team featuring over the hill Karl Malone and Gary Payton who needed to be put out to pasture. I personally saw that Lakers team play. They were legit
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FLTech45 months
I thought it was going to be the Pistons
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LSUintheNW45 months
Best team in my lifetime without a ring. They fell apart.
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Dr. Morgus45 months
That was a great series. I used to call sheed “spot”
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Dr. Morgus45 months
Bonzi was a tough sob
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CGSC Lobotomy45 months
Pretty sure Shaq got swept by the 1993-1994 Pacers, the 1994-1995 Rockets and the 1996-1997 Bulls.
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Spelt it rong45 months
Pretty sure he said toughest. That doesn't have to equate to losing the series. Did you have a lobotomy?
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KyleOrtonsMustache45 months
Sabonis was a god before he got old.
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RogerTempleton45 months
It was the 02 Kings.
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Murph4HOF45 months
I think we know how Shaq felt about the Sacramento Queens.
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MSUDawg9845 months
He probably needs to add "as a Laker". I'm pretty sure that 95-96 Bulls team wasn't afraid of them (especially as they blew their arse out 4-0.)
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