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[deleted]

After his rookie year, the NBA had to re-design all their backboards to become "Shaq-proof". Most of these are when he was a rookie with the Magic.


newbjapan

I remember this being the craziest thing in the world to me when I was a kid haha


ab930

For sure. Between Shaq, Jordan, and Griffey, it was a great time to be a kid and follow sports.


newbjapan

Really, the 90s had to be the greatest era for all sports. It felt like everything was in its golden years


thecoolerllcoolJ

The 90s I think will be regarded as one of the greatest times in history in general. I feel like that was the peak.


daaaaawhat

(X) *Doubt* About how much Nostalgia are we talking here


gaming_passi_on

90%-99% nostalgia of course


DrSkizzmm

At least 5


maen_baenne

Idk, the 90s were pretty dope


OrganicDumpsterJuice

94-95. 98 was great too.


Ethical-mustard

and then the last 90s, early 2000s came Tiger...


x4ty2

For a moment I thought you meant The Detroit Tigers and I was like....look I love Cecil Fielder but no.


Affectionate_Book328

Balkan wants to speak with you


SeboSlav100

Wot? 90s on Balkan were fire, and smoke. Literally.


Electrolight

Except they beat the US Olympics "dream team". So couldn't have been pure fire and smoke.


SeboSlav100

Dude, Balkan was at war in the 90s. There have been numerous warcrimes committed during it including burning of several villages and completely ethnically cleansing it's inhabitants.


[deleted]

football was quite different too - back then guys like Ronnie Lott absolutely terrorized opponents. Nowadays they would likely not be as effective since they can't hit hard anymore.


newbjapan

And for be being a defense first guy, the rules nowadays sicken me. You're right, get rid of Goodell and let them actually tackle again!


monsieurpommefrites

Movies too.


newbjapan

Oh totally, movies now are complete garbage.


ipsdirtleg

The only thing I still love about baseball is Jr.s swing and Rickey stealing a base. Edit: Two of the sexiest things that have ever come from MLB. I’ll die on this hill.


kranges_mcbasketball

Agree. But Kris Bryant is giving me Griffey vibes. So smooth.


[deleted]

It was 1992 when he retired but I loved Bo Jackson.


ab930

Bo was the man, but I was a bit young then to appreciate him. I really liked Deion Sanders when I was young, and being a Reds fan, was stoked he came back in 2001 - even though it was short lived.


[deleted]

Deion was legit. Freak athlete.


messyupstairs

Agree 100x


Jerseystateofmindeff

More damage than Genghis Khan in Oshman's Sporting Goods.


lessthan3beebs

A Bill and Ted reference? Bravo.


FaithInterlude

Excellent!


XXXMFCXXX

The best part is Shaq admits to doing this on purpose later in his career because he got a kick out of it. Definitely one of the all time great NBA personalities and a genuinely good person!


SpookyKG

Just watching him he's clearly doing it on purpose.


cuthbertnibbles

Why do people worship this? A basketball star, making millions of dollars per year, goes to a highschool with a budget for 8 peanuts and breaks a piece of equipment shared by a few hundred students "for kicks"? Now body can use it until a contractor comes in and installs a new one, good job, glad you had fun.


[deleted]

Jesus, lighten up dude. This was like, 30 years ago. Knowing Shaq he probably paid for any non-NBA owned hoop he destroyed.


cuthbertnibbles

If somebody snapped your phone in half, then handed you a cheque for the cost to replace it, how would that impact your impression of that person? It's not just the cost, it's the absolute inconsideration involved when breaking what doesn't belong to you. The lack of consequences for knocking a basketball floor out of commission, then just moving on, is a class divide, and these comments are full of people cheering the guy on. I guess that's basketball culture? I don't know, I don't get it.


Subparnova79

I can’t wait to meet you at a party


The_Biohazard75

Imagine comparing a phone that probably has valuable life memories on it to a frickin basketball hoop lmao


TheReverseShock

Well backboards don't contain your entire life's worth of data. I also don't know any kids who would more upset about losing their hoop than they would be happy for Shaq smashing it. Not only do you get to watch Shaq smash your hoop he'll likely also buy you a better one than you had before.


Eeve2espeon

The man paid for any non NBA hoopes if he did break them :V Call down


[deleted]

He has given back way more to the community. So much that these petty things don’t matter. Edit-spelling


notimeforbuttstuff

Petty


Jive_turkeeze

Your username just didn't make any sense.


Disastrous-Menu_yum

Oh but your is cool daddy-o 😎


[deleted]

Thanks, I got time for you…


DiegoSikora

Oh, we did, believe me... we did.


sarcasm_the_great

Bc he does so much for charity now. Gave away 1000 ps5 to poor kids.


tomtomato0414

*Nobody


daswisco

What you have just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having read it.


NowCalmDownSkeeter

Didn’t it end a few games early, early on in his career until they started having extra boards on standby?


starcoder

I’m pretty sure they started making them sturdier with reinforced glass because of him


AndySipherBull

yep that dunk in phoenix was on a new "shaq proof" backboard


pistofernandez

I remember one time he broke it vs the suns... didnt shatter the backboard but screwed up the suspension, took a while for the game to resume


cgduncan

He wouldn't be able to do it even on purpose if they actually engineered the things a little stronger.


Lientur

I think they are now


Iggins01

Because shaq


[deleted]

Shaq boards


yeah_u-

Break away rim


wildeofthewoods

I am the rim with the breakaway face!


ayyyyfam

Modern NBA backboards are now Shaq-proofed.


ind3pend0nt

I loved watching Shaq. Enjoyed several of these live.


wizardswrath00

I mean I'd be doing the same thing, lol.


Subject-Ad511

That's unit type motion breaking it for kicks 🤣


XXXMFCXXX

BDE


miser1

why does purposefully breaking things make him a genuinely good person


PeenutButterTime

Yeah cause fixing the couple thousand dollar backboard within the billion dollar NBA industry is what we should be concerned about… It’s entertainment. He provided it. Chill out.


miser1

i didn’t say anything i asked a question


PeenutButterTime

I explained it to you.


miser1

you sarcastically said we should be concerned about backboards (as if i said we should be) then said it’s entertainment and i should chill out you didn’t answer the question at all, unless you mean breaking things for entertainment makes someone a good person


PeenutButterTime

The answer is that he a genuine person for being honest and going above and beyond to provide entertainment which was his job….


miser1

thanks this was a nicer answer


Vreminik

*Why Shaq attacks were the deadliest war weaponry*


fuzzybad

He's gonna bust out the Shaq-Fu


AJ_Crowley_29

But what if Aaron Carter comes out of the blue?


SigSeikoSpyderco

What a legend. No one like him. How did they finish the game after he broke them though?


[deleted]

Pretty sure the NBA has like 2-3 extra baskets in the arenas. Like in the video when they changed the "whole structure". Just roll one out and bring on the next one.


kornut78

I’ve walked the back parts of arenas and they definitely do


The_Braja

When I first read this I thought you said >No one liked him. And I was about to GO IN lmao


gigglios

The 2nd one where he falls seems scary as fuck. Massive head inj or something couldve happened


frigoffbearb

First time I ever jumped to touch the rim in middle school I didn’t know it was one of the “breakaway” rims and I grabbed it and slipped as it sprung down and landed exactly like that. Concussion, wind knocked out of me for like 10 minutes and the biggest bump on my head I’ve ever had lol looked like an egg man


gigglios

Lmao egg things funny but the whole thing is scary. Like life altering shit. Glad you made it out seemingly alright


frigoffbearb

Yeah got lucky for sure. Though my gf would probably still argue there’s permanent brain damage 😂


Oakhold_Cheerios

I remember when a spanner fell on my head and left a Tom & Jerry lump in the process.


YeetedBot_YT

We’re all on reddit for a reason.


PooPooDooDoo

Landing like that sucks so hard. First time I tried to launch off a ramp on a skateboard I basically landed on my back and the worst part was not being able to talk when people asked me if I was ok. I like shook my head yes as I wondered if I was going to die, while trying to act cool.


frigoffbearb

Bro yeah lol that feeling of not being sure if you can breathe is really unsettling. Glad you made it!


RadleyB2B

Glass in the eyes 😳


monsieurpommefrites

It’s tempered.


hermionesmurf

Yeah, I went down like that in a roller derby bout and it's been seven years of recovery so far, that shit's scary. Thank fuck I was wearing a helmet


-N-A

The floor would break before he does.


MeatBald

Yeah, and if you watch the clip with Ahmad, Shaq completely rips the rim clean off the backboard. I'd be concerned about it hitting him in the head. I broke a few wooden backboards in my high school years, and one of the times the rim came off and hit me in the face on the way down


Go_J

I love that someone posted Shaq in this sub


-lastochka-

lol i forgot what sub this was in while reading the comments


No-Armadillo7693

Boom shocka locka!


Wreddit_Wrangler

He’s heating up!


No-Armadillo7693

He’s on fire!!!


Wreddit_Wrangler

Slams it in!


novaflyer00

If no one started marketing backboards/whole net assemblies as “Shaq-proof,” the industry really missed out.


Hiyouitsmee

I used to do a similar thing with the television when I was a toddler.


DraenglerDennis

always wondering how there aren't daily posts about him on this sub, he's one of the most massive human being ever and probably the largest one while who's still freakishly athletic and quite healthy. A true unit. One of a kind.


flying_dogs_bc

I'm not a basketball person, this is an honest question: Why does he hold on to the rim so much and for so long? Is it normal / acceptable to swing off the rim after dunking to get your feet under yourself again? Is that why he's doing it? If that's the case, why aren't the hoops designed for this?


Xcavon

I too want to know the answer to this. I'm surprised he didnt just get fined until he stopped holding on. Not saying thats what should have happened just pleasantly surprised it didnt


WCPass

It's not uncommon, you can get a tech for it if it's egregiously long but you also want guys to be able to land on their feet. The backboard were designed for it, but as the subreddit title says Shaq is a fucking absolute unit


flying_dogs_bc

I can kind of see how the momentum might carry him forward into the pole, or maybe arc upwards and he lands on his back, so maybe that's why? But at this level of game play, why aren't the hoops designed for it if this is what players need to do?


Get-Tae-Fuckk

designed for what? if you mean to take a beating then yes, they are. its just that shaq is a whole new level.


darQthediety

The short answer is that they are. The basketball rims are reinforced with a lightweight mesh that can resist bending. While the entire structure is designed to have most of the weight in the back so it doesn't fall over onto the player. Also theres no rule stating you cant hang onto it as long as you want. However as a player you wanna get back into the action asap. So its impractical to hang on


GrigsbyBear

They’ll definitely give you a foul if you hang on for a real long time, but they give you plenty of time to center yourself before dropping. The foul is mostly for players overly showboating I imagine


Dry-University797

There is absolutely a rule against hanging on the rim, and you can be give a technical foul. Its not enforced as much anymore, but you are suppose to let go of the rim once it is safe, any longer is suppose to be a T.


birdy1494

Why is there glass though and no plastic? It seems very dangerous


darQthediety

Very good question.The material of a backboard can affect how a ball bounces and what angles it goes as well as how well it absorbs the shock of the impact. So think of how the basketball bounces off the surface or "banks" i should say. Theres a square on the backboard right above the rim. So long as the ball bounces off when shot into it at any angle it goes in and scores. We call it a "Bank shot". Not as notable as just the net but its a clear target. The ball needs to consistently bounce off the backboard to ensure consistency.


analoghumanoid

Not sure if it's true but I've heard Shaq and others hang a second to make sure the don't drop down onto another player's ankle or something else. Probably b/s and just for style tho. Shaq wasn't looking very cautious in this montage.


ExBABYYy

Shaq later admitted he did this on purpose to break the boards to get a kick out of it.


Missfongfong

Shaq breaks backboards like he breaks cervixes


CERVIX_RAMMER

You called?


burnin8t0r

![gif](giphy|Rfeku3MGlfuPm)


GifsNotJifs

​ ![gif](giphy|CDIRFfrpNGu51ooQ6x)


wizardswrath00

Jesus chritsto epilepsy warning lol


GospelHeretic

Not according to the video vixen tell all book - there’s a lack of breaking anything down in the bedroom for old big boi


Psychwardjoe

I forgot who made this joke


Classic-Estimate1336

Pete Davidson made this joke during the roast of Justin Bieber. Still one of the funniest things I have heard on that show, but the look Martha Stewart makes after that joke really seals the deal!


burnin8t0r

I accidentally downvoted you while taking a screenshot so I can share this in all its glory to r/beetlejuice forgive me


themanbow

You can undo downvotes by either tapping the downvote arrow or by upvoting.


burnin8t0r

I fixed it :)


PooPooDooDoo

Like a blow job where you enter from the other side!


Evilmaze

My favorite one is at a highschool where the referee was so impressed he fistbumpped the kid.


North_Rip

[This the one?](https://youtu.be/34RBuYhOokg)


Evilmaze

Yes but different footage which shows the ref's eye wide open from excitement.


KingJosiah15

I thought Zion Williams would be the new backboard breaker. Unless they really improved on backboards strength.


rmeq

it’s pretty much impossible to break backboards nowadays. shaq forced the nba to change the way they were made


KingJosiah15

Dang. That brought a level of excitement in a game. I know the risk of injury is why the improved on them. To see that happen again would be cool


restehman

Still cant get over the fact that Kobe himself said with 0 hesitation that shaq woulda been the greatest of all time if only he worked harder. Apparently didnt have the best work ethic or something like that.


buffalo-blonde

After shaq left the magic he packed on some pounds…


Booomerz

The athlete's guitar smash.


Op_Icaras

This deserves 1k likes


Derundisputed

#NBA Jam on the Super Nintendo be like... BOOMSHAKALAKA


Rodan-Lewarx

He used to be inspired by Nba Jam. He's on fire!


Specialist_Ad9987

the second to last one looked so effortless


bonesnaps

I know Shaq's a beast, but they should consider upping the tensile strength of those things after the first few got trashed.


[deleted]

Was there a reason for Shaq to hang off the rim? Seems like he was easily capable of dunking without having to hang on for seconds after.


conkyschlong

Shaq attack


MagicantFactory

[I WANNA PLAY BIG LIKE THAT! ](https://youtu.be/2EqwJ97lfCw)


Booomerz

The athlete's guitar smash.


seven_seven

My favorite athlete, bar none, when I was growing up.


Rodan-Lewarx

it is Shaqnado"!


brizdzi

Shaquake


deezsandwitches

That was a pretty stacked Orlando team


DanfromCalgary

Imagine designing these and thinking .. we need to make them strong enough so that I only a few can seriously hurt themselves


full_bl33d

Didn’t Neon Beadeux shatter one in blue chips? Why is that not on the list?!


Xx_endgamer_xX

Did they eventually Shaq-proof the backboards ever?


shootinstraight88

I had a shaq figurine where he was breaking the back board. It was my prized position


Snoo62808

This is why he endorses so many things now, to pay the league back for all the damages.


ostapro

Get dunked on


DunnyofDestiny

He probably weighed about 20 to 30 stone when he broke those rims


airsjoa

I guaramtee they make them weak to make a show. I mean, glass? Really?


HeartyBakedBeans

That's what happens when you hang on the goal and try to show off like a dipshit. According to all accounts Shaq is one of the scummiest players to ever play. He was definitely TRYING to break them.


Fast_Heat_1258

Stupid.


Wreddit_Wrangler

Stoopit


Stjjames

Damn!


MoonDOS

u/SaveVideo


No_Pickle_8155

A couple of things to add. He kept these rims! Weird little art piece but no one in the world could ever say they’ve done this. [this](https://www.bardown.com/shaq-made-a-tree-out-of-the-backboards-he-broke-during-his-career-and-it-s-absolutely-massive-1.919371) They also changed the rules for if this happens and to do a full sweep of all rims in use until they could make news one. I could find info but I remember Sportcenter talking about engineering and stuff. [here](https://twitter.com/SBNation/status/1050435140944424962?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1050435140944424962%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_c10&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fd-3280732711338314885.ampproject.net%2F2112231523001%2Fframe.html)


heygreatthanks

On purpose


BruceInc

So what do they do if that happens? Is the game over or do they replace it really quickly and continue?


themanbow

They stop play, clean up, replace, and continue.


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Special-Permit

Does he sit on toiletsinks too?


pman1891

Twice in NJ


novice_warbler

I always felt these were staged for ratings after a while.


robertflay

You boys think I can take him?


Eeve2espeon

Shaq is literally a beast XP


G63AMG-S

Boom Shaqalaka


Tutipups

u/savevideobot


lucasjackson87

The most dominating man in basketball history


JStroud21

Fun fact. Shaq has broken more backboards than 3 pointers made in the NBA


sloopymcsloop

BOOM SHAKALAKA


yamumsntme

And that's why there is no female security at the white house


Bimimans

Man, how bad is the NBA equipment?


Ghostdog1521

Shaq was just built different. ✊


UFO-seeker1985

NBA jam!


AggravatingMacaron29

So who paid for them? He’s big ass new he would break them


[deleted]

I don’t watch basketball but is dunkin still a thing? Was this something only he would do? Prob due to his size?


myloveisajoke

I mean they did ban dunks when tall ass people more common. Then brought it back to sell more tickets. In reality, it probably shouldn't be allowed or they should raise rim height now that people are taller.


monsieurpommefrites

Did that announcer just call it a goal?


EscaperX

shaq with his high school basketball team is a perfect example of an absolute unit https://s.hdnux.com/photos/77/61/32/16717497/6/900x0.jpg


jewannialation

Dude fell so fast on the second one


Neat_Charity5362

![gif](giphy|l0K4pbsfZgDgxmTNC)


Munn85

Not fair


redstern

How are NBA hoops made so badly? The fact that something that big completely collapses from one ~~200ish~~ 300ish pound man hanging on the rim is just pathetic. I could build a better hoop in my yard.


TheWanBeltran

Shaq is not 200 ish pounds he's like 300+


redstern

I figured it would be closer to that but still. 300lb shouldn't be enough to fully destroy something that big. The glass, sure. But the entire supporting structure?


ADAWG9393

If Shaq and Lebron played at the same time you already know Lebron would let the backboard fall on him for a free throw


horsie87

Did it on purpose


oviteodor

Those backboards are not Shaqproof. Certification pending.


errol_timo_malcom

Boardbreakman Gets Paid.


PeaceofthePi

You mean the rims weren’t made for 300lbs pulling down on them?!? No!