When Shaquille O’Neal considers the enormity of his NBA career – four championships, 15-time All-Star, regular-season MVP, three-time Finals MVP, 28,000-plus points and 13,000-plus rebounds – he laments the games he missed because of injury.
The way O’Neal looks at it, had he played in more games he would have even better numbers.
“If I played in more games with my scoring average, that would’ve put me No. 2 in scoring,” O’Neal said. “That’s the only I thing I regret, missing all those games.”
Not a bad regret after a dominant 19-year career that began in 1992 and concluded in 2011.
On Friday, O’Neal will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame – part of a big-name class that features Allen Iverson, Yao Ming, Tom Izzo, Sheryl Swoopes, Zelmo Beaty, Darell Garretson, Jerry Reinsdorf, John McLendon and Cumberland Posey.
“It means I put a lot of hard work, and it means a lot to be mentioned with the elites,” O’Neal said. “It means people were able to appreciate how I played.”
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