Vlade Divac Says Shaq 'Wasn't Talented...Just Strong'
Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
While praising Sacramento Kings all-star forward DeMarcus Cousins in a recent interview with The Associated Press, former King and Laker Vlade Divac said Shaquille O'Neal was all strength, no talent...
quote:

“I’ve been in basketball a long, long time and I have to say [Cousins is] the most talented big guy I have ever seen,” Divac said. “Shaq wasn’t talented, he was just strong. I was talented, but I wasn’t strong.”
I don't know if I can agree with that. Have you seem him do this? Divac is now vice president of basketball and franchise operations for the Kings, for which Shaq is a minority owner of. I'd expect a call from your boss, Vlad.
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22 Comments
He's definitely not wrong.
Reply80 months
Vlade's right.
Reply81 months
Shaq was an incredible athlete for a man his size and just a physical beast, a no doubt hall of gamer, but any sober analysis would conclude he had mediocre basketball talent.
Reply81 months
Shaq>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>vlade.
Reply81 months
This story is dumb. The quote is being taken completely out of context by a guy who has a mediocre handle of the English language at best.
Reply81 months
Glad to hear this. Thought Divac was dead.
Reply81 months
Reply81 months
For anyone saying Vlade in his prime wasn't talented didn't see him play. He was really good. I'm a huge Shaq fan but his best asset was his strength and size. I will say this , no one including Cousins could handle Shaq in his prime
Reply81 months
vlade was a flopping pussy
Reply81 months
Amazing the traction this story gets when taken out of context (like nearly every sports headline related to it that I've seen). Vlade wasn't trying to put down Shaq at all in his interview.
Reply81 months
Bar b que chicken
Reply81 months
Yeah....no talent

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Reply81 months
I have seen Shaq play since his freshman year at LSU. While he improved greatly,
he could never be considered a highly skilled basketball player because he didn't have to be. He was so physically overpowering to everyone he played against. However he was a great athlete, very strong, played hard and had great hands. There are plenty of players who have large hands who still can't catch. Shaq caught everything close to him, which should be considered a skill.
Reply81 months
What a moron.
Reply81 months
As a fan of Divac, shut the frick up Divac.
Reply81 months
Here is more of what Divac said:

"I've been in basketball a long, long time and I have to say [Cousins is] the most talented big guy I have ever seen,'' Divac said Monday. ''Shaq wasn't talented, he was just strong. I was talented, but I wasn't strong."

Divac went on to call O'Neal one of the most dominant players ever. O'Neal, who knocked Divac and the Kings out of the playoffs in three straight seasons from 1999-2001, is now a minority owner with the team and one of Divac's bosses.

"He always was my boss" Divac said.
Reply81 months
Divac wasn't talented, just bad
Reply81 months
Vlade Divac was a pretty solid player in his own right and all, but for him to just try and put down Shaq is complete blasphemy.
Reply81 months
During the infamous seven-game Western Conference Finals between the Lakers and Kings, Shaq averaged 30.3 ppg 13.6 rpg and 2.4 bpg. Divac averaged a paltry 14.4 ppg 10 rpg and 0.9 bpg. I would shut the hell up if I was Divac.
Reply81 months
Yeah. He still mad.
Reply81 months
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