This motherf***er ain’t looking at me” – Shaquille O’Neal reveals how a ticket mishap and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s diss fueled his career-high

This motherf***er ain’t looking at me” – Shaquille O’Neal reveals how a ticket mishap and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s diss fueled his career-high

Shaquille O’Neal had many great games throughout his NBA career. Typically, that happens when you are a 15-time All-Star, but it’s safe to say the best games of Big Disele’s career are what many basketball players can only dream of.

When asked about the best game of his career, though, there was one that stood out to Shaq. And as it turns out, it may have been fueled by a ticket mishap at the Staples Center and an inadvertent snub from none other than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

O’Neal set the stage for the best game of his career

During the 1999-00 season, O’Neal was at the peak of his powers with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning his only MVP award. The best game of the best season of his career ended up falling on his birthday, March 6th, against the Los Angeles Clippers.

While Shaq is a physical specimen, he doesn’t just wake up and play perfect basketball; he has a routine that he follows to ensure his success. For this game, though, it turns out the legendary big man just woke up and played well because his birthday preparations resulted in him ignoring his routine entirely

My most perfect game was the birthday game, where I hit 61 points,” Shaquille said on The Big Podcast. “But it wasn’t supposed to be perfect because I don’t know if you had a ritual, but I always had a ritual. My ritual: wake up at 8, go to shootaround at ten, come home 12, sleep from 12 to four, take the same route, get to the game.”

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