Thursday, August 5, 2010
If you didnt know, Shaquille O'Neal is a huge tweeter. He has over 3 million people following him on twitter and tweets multiple times a day (click here to see his twitter page).
Well, he's asking Celtics fans to come up with a new nickname for him. The ones Ive heard are:
The Big Leprechaun
The Big Shamrock
The Green Monster
None really stand out to me. A nickname has to be spontaneous. Dustin Pedroia didn’t ask for the nickname “The Little Pony” and Paul Pierce didn’t ask for the nickname “The Truth.”
Shaq actually gave Paul Pierce his nickname. And it was given spontaneously.
The stories goes that after a Celtics / Lakers game in 2001 where Pierce scored 42 points, Shaq was talking to reporters after the game and said:
"Take this down. My name is Shaquille O'Neal, and Paul Pierce is the [expletive] truth. Quote me on that, and don't take nothing out. I knew he could play, but I didn't know he could play like this. Paul Pierce is the truth."
So sit tight Celtics fans and don’t force it. It will come when we least expect it.