Could Shaq Have Been a Knick?


“It was the Shaq show in the visiting locker room at Madison Square Garden, where the big fella’s voluminous, notebook-filling tendencies had New York scribes lamenting the fact that Shaq declined the Knicks’ interest in him early in July. Had LeBron James come to New York, Shaq might have followed, and the atmosphere at MSG for the revamped Knicks’ debut on American soil would’ve been considerably heightened on a baseball-playoff night in mid-October.”

Seeing Shaquille O’Neal in orange and blue would have been an interesting development, as he struggled at times in Mike D’Antoni’s offense with the Suns.

Nevertheless, having Shaq play in New York, alongside LeBron, would have resulted in one of the most high-profiled duos the Knicks have seen in quite a long time (maybe ever), possibly dating back to the 1970s with Walt Frazier and Earl Monroe.