Posted by Sabrina B.Â @gametimegirl
Over the course of a 19-year NBA career, Shaquille Oâ€™Neal dominated the ballâ€”and headlines. A little more than two months into retirement, Turner Sportsâ€™ newest hire isÂ stillÂ dominating headlines. The latest news comes courtesy of his upcoming memoir with Jackie MacMullan,Â Shaq Uncut.
Broken down chronologically,Â Shaq Uncut, published by the Hachette Book Group,Â is packed with Oâ€™Nealâ€™s insight and anecdotes from his playing career. None of it is currently as relevant as Shaqâ€™s take on what caused Rajon Rondoâ€™s post-Perkins trade slump.
From theÂ book:
In early March some of the guys went to the museum of Fine Arts for a fund-raiser and got to hang with President Barack Obama. Everyone was a little bit in awe. The President turns to Ray, points at Rondo, and says, â€œHey, Ray, why donâ€™t you teach this kid how to shoot?â€ Everyone starts laughing.
KG told me he saw the look on Rondoâ€™s face and the kid was devastated, embarrassed. Dissed by the President, even though Iâ€™m sure Obama didnâ€™t mean any harm. Rondo smiled and went along with all of it, but KG told me he could see it in his eyes. It bothered Rondo. It killed him.
The next day Rondo shot the ball horribly. He stopped taking shots after that. Heâ€™s so sensitive. I think it was a real jolt to hear the outside perception of a basketball fan who happens to be the President of the United States. It messed with his mind. Iâ€™m sure of it.
Well worth a cover-to-cover read,Â Shaq UncutÂ is available for pre-orderÂ nowÂ and debuts on Novemeber 15, 2011.