First Maxine Waters, now Shaq? As the friend who sent me this link dryly noted, this is the NBA’s top player taking on the world’s top narcissist. So, go Shaq! This excerpt is from Shaquille O’Neal’s upcoming book, Shaq Uncut, and is about a little moment when President Obama met with the slumping Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics.
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, “Hey, Ray, why don’t you teach this kid how to shoot?” Everyone starts laughing.
KG told me he saw the look on Rondo’s face and the kid was devastated, embarrassed. Dissed by the President, even though I’m sure Obama didn’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. He’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. I’m sure of it.
Celtics fans…remember this next November.