When it comes to the greats on the hardwood, it’s hard to argue against the notion that Shaquille O’Neal is one of the best big men of all-time. Shaq racked up dominant stats and multiple championships over his Hall of Fame career. He now continues to lend his basketball knowledge to an analyst role for the NBA on TNT. Shaq talked with NBA 2KTV’s Alexis Morgan on the 200th episode of the series about who he’d put on his NBA 2K20 MyTeam and more.
Shaquille O’Neal talks to 2KTV about the game’s evolution
During Shaquille O’Neal’s interview with 2KTV, Alexis Morgan brings up how he’s been a part of the game since appearing on the cover of NBA 2K6, 14 years ago. Shaq is now part of the in-game studio show team along with his NBA on TNT castmates Ernie Johnson and Kenny “The Jet” Smith. He spoke to Alexis about how the game technology has advanced over the years with improved player likenesses and cultural integration it’s brought with it.
It’s worth noting that even though Shaquille O’Neal was 2K6 cover star, he wasn’t top player in that game. Per IGN’s report, Shaq’s rating was a 96 overall, though, which had him sixth amongst the game’s top players. Ahead of him were former Miami Heat teammate Dwyane Wade (97), Kobe Bryant (97), LeBron James (97), Kevin Garnett (99), and Tim Duncan (99).
In the NBA 2K20 game, LeBron is a 98 and the only active player amongst all of those greats. However, Shaq and the others show up in NBA 2K20 MyTeam for various promotions.
Shaq’s NBA 2K20 MyTeam starting five
Speaking of NBA 2K20 MyTeam, Alexis Morgan posed the question to Shaq about who’s on his squad’s starting five. Shaq immediately named three players that have been central to “all-time greatest” discussions over the years. They are Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James. He then added himself as the big man on the team before including another all-time great, “Pistol” Pete Maravich.
After a moment to pause and think about it, Shaq swapped out Pistol Pete, though. Instead, he said he would trade him for his favorite player in the NBA right now, Stephen Curry. Shaq joked that his team would go 1000-0 and nobody would be able to beat them. Based on that lineup, they seem to have just about everything. Still, one has to wonder how much Kobe and MJ would share the ball rather than taking on all of the scoring alone.
For NBA 2KTV it’s also a milestone episode as this is No. 200 for the series that has been synonymous with the game over the years. Check out the full episode via YouTube below.
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