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Shaq Gets First Career Steal

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Everyone catch "Shaq Vs." the other night? No? The gist is, a professional athlete's pretty good at sports, especially when the incompetent teammates are openly throwing the game. But here's a shocker: Shaq stole the idea! Maybe.


Earlier this week, author Todd Gallagher announced his intentions to sue, based on the fact that the premise for "Shaq Vs." bears a passing resemblance to the conceit for his book, "Andy Roddick Beat Me With A Frying Pan." But Todd Gallagher isn't Steve Nash, no one cares.

But since Steve Nash is Steve Nash, when he lawyered up, people listened.

Shortly after O'Neal was traded to the Suns in February 2008, Nash mentioned to his new teammate a reality show he was pursuing. It would feature the Suns point guard taking on professional athletes in their own sport.

The topic didn't come up again until early in the 2008-09 season, when O'Neal boarded the Suns bus and told the team he would be starring in a new reality show in which he would be taking on, you got it, professional athletes in their own sport.

"You mean the idea you stole from me?" one Suns representative said he heard Nash say.

That one had a happy ending, and Nash is now listed as an executive producer on the show. But I'd love to see them work together on something that could better showcase their talents. Say, a buddy cop show featuring Nash and Shaq as hard-boiled detectives who are assigned to partner with the new robot on the force — that, I'd watch.

Now check out O'Neal flailing at Oscar De La Hoya.

Shaq Vs. ... A Man Claiming the Show Is a Rip-Off [TMZ]
Shaq's Behind-The-Back Move [Arizona Republic]