By far the highlight of this year's All-Star Game, as it usually is, was Shaq. The guy has got to be one of the most loveable figures in sports. His one-liners never cease to amaze, nor do his coined phrases, such as "Shaqtus," "The Big Aristotle," and of course, the Scrabble favorite: "Shaqtastic."
This season, in his 15th All-Star appearance (2nd all-time) he won his third (2nd and a half?) game MVP award, sharing it with Kobe Bryant in the duo's first game together since June of 2004.
While Shaq's 17-point performance included some great highlights, like clowning Dwight Howard on a give-and-go, the moment of the night had to be during the player introductions. After all of the other Western Conference reserves were introduced, Shaq came out with America's Best Dance Crew season one winners, the Jabbawockeez and broke it down with them.
Now, all loyal NBA fans know Shaq can bust a move, as we all saw during a 2007 all-star practice dance-off between him, Howard and LeBron. But Shaq took it to another level with his introduction with the Jabbawockeez.
People of that stature should not be able to move like that. It's just not fair.
Like I mentioned in my earlier post, one of my favorite parts of All-Star weekend is the showmanship, and no player has done so more in his career, as far as I know, than Shaq. He admitted after the game that this was possibly his last All-Star game, at 37, which is a shame because he certainly brings up the entertainment value of the events... not just during this weekend, but anywhere he goes really.
I think that once Shaq no longer resides as the king of All-Star festivities, that the torch will likely be passed to Howard, because he, like Shaq enjoys being a clown, as well as breaking it down and is a fan-favorite (he did get a record 3,000,000+ votes this season). But until that torch is officially passed, let's enjoy the All-Star antics of the newly anointed "Big Legendary."