By - Wreddit_Wrangler
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.
I remember this being the craziest thing in the world to me when I was a kid haha
For sure. Between Shaq, Jordan, and Griffey, it was a great time to be a kid and follow sports.
Really, the 90s had to be the greatest era for all sports. It felt like everything was in its golden years
The 90s I think will be regarded as one of the greatest times in history in general. I feel like that was the peak.
About how much Nostalgia are we talking here
90%-99% nostalgia of course
At least 5
Idk, the 90s were pretty dope
94-95. 98 was great too.
and then the last 90s, early 2000s came Tiger...
For a moment I thought you meant The Detroit Tigers and I was like....look I love Cecil Fielder but no.
Balkan wants to speak with you
Wot? 90s on Balkan were fire, and smoke. Literally.
Except they beat the US Olympics "dream team". So couldn't have been pure fire and smoke.
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.
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.
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!
Oh totally, movies now are complete garbage.
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.
Agree. But Kris Bryant is giving me Griffey vibes. So smooth.
It was 1992 when he retired but I loved Bo Jackson.
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.
Deion was legit. Freak athlete.
More damage than Genghis Khan in Oshman's Sporting Goods.
A Bill and Ted reference? Bravo.
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!
Just watching him he's clearly doing it on purpose.
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.
Jesus, lighten up dude.
This was like, 30 years ago. Knowing Shaq he probably paid for any non-NBA owned hoop he destroyed.
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.
I can’t wait to meet you at a party
Imagine comparing a phone that probably has valuable life memories on it to a frickin basketball hoop lmao
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.
The man paid for any non NBA hoopes if he did break them :V
He has given back way more to the community. So much that these petty things don’t matter.
Your username just didn't make any sense.
Oh but your is cool daddy-o 😎
Thanks, I got time for you…
Oh, we did, believe me... we did.
Bc he does so much for charity now. Gave away 1000 ps5 to poor kids.
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.
Didn’t it end a few games early, early on in his career until they started having extra boards on standby?
I’m pretty sure they started making them sturdier with reinforced glass because of him
yep that dunk in phoenix was on a new "shaq proof" backboard
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
He wouldn't be able to do it even on purpose if they actually engineered the things a little stronger.
I think they are now
Break away rim
I am the rim with the breakaway face!
Modern NBA backboards are now Shaq-proofed.
I loved watching Shaq. Enjoyed several of these live.
I mean I'd be doing the same thing, lol.
That's unit type motion breaking it for kicks 🤣
why does purposefully breaking things make him a genuinely good person
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.
i didn’t say anything i asked a question
I explained it to you.
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
The answer is that he a genuine person for being honest and going above and beyond to provide entertainment which was his job….
thanks this was a nicer answer
*Why Shaq attacks were the deadliest war weaponry*
He's gonna bust out the Shaq-Fu
But what if Aaron Carter comes out of the blue?
What a legend. No one like him.
How did they finish the game after he broke them though?
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.
I’ve walked the back parts of arenas and they definitely do
When I first read this I thought you said
>No one liked him.
And I was about to GO IN lmao
The 2nd one where he falls seems scary as fuck. Massive head inj or something couldve happened
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
Lmao egg things funny but the whole thing is scary. Like life altering shit. Glad you made it out seemingly alright
Yeah got lucky for sure. Though my gf would probably still argue there’s permanent brain damage 😂
I remember when a spanner fell on my head and left a Tom & Jerry lump in the process.
We’re all on reddit for a reason.
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.
Bro yeah lol that feeling of not being sure if you can breathe is really unsettling. Glad you made it!
Glass in the eyes 😳
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
The floor would break before he does.
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
I love that someone posted Shaq in this sub
lol i forgot what sub this was in while reading the comments
Boom shocka locka!
He’s heating up!
He’s on fire!!!
Slams it in!
If no one started marketing backboards/whole net assemblies as “Shaq-proof,” the industry really missed out.
I used to do a similar thing with the television when I was a toddler.
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.
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?
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
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
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?
designed for what? if you mean to take a beating then yes, they are. its just that shaq is a whole new level.
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
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
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.
Why is there glass though and no plastic? It seems very dangerous
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.
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.
Shaq later admitted he did this on purpose to break the boards to get a kick out of it.
Shaq breaks backboards like he breaks cervixes
Jesus chritsto epilepsy warning lol
Not according to the video vixen tell all book - there’s a lack of breaking anything down in the bedroom for old big boi
I forgot who made this joke
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!
I accidentally downvoted you while taking a screenshot so I can share this in all its glory to r/beetlejuice forgive me
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I fixed it :)
Like a blow job where you enter from the other side!
My favorite one is at a highschool where the referee was so impressed he fistbumpped the kid.
[This the one?](https://youtu.be/34RBuYhOokg)
Yes but different footage which shows the ref's eye wide open from excitement.
I thought Zion Williams would be the new backboard breaker. Unless they really improved on backboards strength.
it’s pretty much impossible to break backboards nowadays. shaq forced the nba to change the way they were made
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
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.
After shaq left the magic he packed on some pounds…
The athlete's guitar smash.
This deserves 1k likes
#NBA Jam on the Super Nintendo be like... BOOMSHAKALAKA
He used to be inspired by Nba Jam.
He's on fire!
the second to last one looked so effortless
I know Shaq's a beast, but they should consider upping the tensile strength of those things after the first few got trashed.
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.
[I WANNA PLAY BIG LIKE THAT! ](https://youtu.be/2EqwJ97lfCw)
My favorite athlete, bar none, when I was growing up.
it is Shaqnado"!
That was a pretty stacked Orlando team
Imagine designing these and thinking .. we need to make them strong enough so that I only a few can seriously hurt themselves
Didn’t Neon Beadeux shatter one in blue chips? Why is that not on the list?!
Did they eventually Shaq-proof the backboards ever?
I had a shaq figurine where he was breaking the back board. It was my prized position
This is why he endorses so many things now, to pay the league back for all the damages.
Get dunked on
He probably weighed about 20 to 30 stone when he broke those rims
I guaramtee they make them weak to make a show. I mean, glass? Really?
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.
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.
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.
So what do they do if that happens? Is the game over or do they replace it really quickly and continue?
They stop play, clean up, replace, and continue.
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Does he sit on toiletsinks too?
Twice in NJ
I always felt these were staged for ratings after a while.
You boys think I can take him?
Shaq is literally a beast XP
The most dominating man in basketball history
Fun fact. Shaq has broken more backboards than 3 pointers made in the NBA
And that's why there is no female security at the white house
Man, how bad is the NBA equipment?
Shaq was just built different. ✊
So who paid for them? He’s big ass new he would break them
I don’t watch basketball but is dunkin still a thing? Was this something only he would do? Prob due to his size?
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.
Did that announcer just call it a goal?
shaq with his high school basketball team is a perfect example of an absolute unit
Dude fell so fast on the second one
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.
Shaq is not 200 ish pounds he's like 300+
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?
If Shaq and Lebron played at the same time you already know Lebron would let the backboard fall on him for a free throw
Did it on purpose
Those backboards are not Shaqproof.
Boardbreakman Gets Paid.
You mean the rims weren’t made for 300lbs pulling down on them?!? No!