“Shaq Uncut,” written with former Boston Globe writer Jackie MacMullan, contains excerpts from his short stint with the C’s. Overall, he spoke well of the front office and head coach Doc Rivers, as well as players like The Big Three.
But O’Neal did reveal some secrets about his former teammates. He dwelled more on the Rajon Rondo saga, explaining again the comments made by President Barack Obama that potentially sent Rondo’s season downward.
He did add some interesting tales about a conflict with Glenn Davis. In a game against the Los Angeles Lakers, O’Neal wanted to “get off,” and despite his good position under the basket, Davis still would not pass the ball.
“‘Big Baby’ Davis kept looking me off and taking it himself. Doc is shouting at him to go inside, but he won’t…So I go up to him and say, ‘If you ever miss me again I’m going to punch you in the face.’ I was hot.”
Apparently, Davis did not get the memo that O’Neal wanted the ball because two nights later, there was a similar situation.
“I’ve got my man isolated underneath the basket, and Baby ignores me and takes a jump shot. So the next time we’re in the huddle I let Baby have it. I tell him, ‘Pass the [expletive] ball inside.’ He comes back at me a little bit and now I’m really heated…I tell Baby, ‘You’re a selfish player. Everyone on this team knows it.’ Hey, all the fans knew it.”
All I know, if O’Neal threatened to punch me in the face for not giving him the ball, I would not make that mistake again. But Davis seems to struggle comprehending stuff like that, so it appears he is just lucky that he avoided potential permanent damage to his face.