Shaq: Brook Lopez one of two best bigs
If you'd ask Shaquille O'Neal, the Nets were wise not to trade Brook Lopez, Marshon Brooks, Kris Humphries and three first-round picks for Dwight Howard. That's because he thinks Lopez is better than the Lakers center. In a roundtable of NBA.com and TNT analysts, Shaq said:
“Some people say Dwight Howard is the best center in the league, but me being an old school center, I'm going to go with Robin (he meant) Lopez and Andrew Bynum because they play with their back to the basket.”
(Loud cat-calling ensued.)
“Listen to what I'm saying. I'm not talking about dunking. I'm talking about playing like a big man with the moves. My man, before he had the foot injury, was putting up nice solid big man numbers. He doesn't have a lot of flash a la Tim Duncan, but he can play. If you put him with a nice team around him, you'll get a lot from this big man. If you want a lot of flash and dunking and pick and roll, you got to go Dwight Howard, but me, the last true original dundaughta of all big men, I'm going with Andrew Bynum and Brook? Brook Lopez!”
Now, far be it from us to take anything away from Shaq, and he is a lot bigger than us, but as Charles Barkley pointed out, the former Laker big man has problems with the current Laker big man. As for Barkley, he simply told Shaq: "First of all you've got some good points. You're just wrong. Dwight Howard is the best big man in the game."