Dwight Howard recently responded to Shaquille O’Neal’s criticism for playing and dominating in an overseas basketball league. Howard was actually pretty chill about Shaq’s thoughts, he didn’t seem like he wanted any trouble with the big man. But on Friday, comedian Kevin Hart premiered a new season of his ‘Cold as Balls’ Youtube show. Those who don’t know the format, this is something similar to ‘Hot Ones’ but instead of enduring spicy wings, celebrities endure tub filled with water and ice.
During the show, Kevin Hart started with some easy questions as he also quipped his usual style fo comedy. Howard has a surprisingly expressive face that complemented Kevin Hart’s jokes in hilarious fashion. But after a few moments of levity, Hart flat out asked Dwight point blank if he has a problem with Shaq. In his response, the veteran player surprised everybody by saying he didn’t really know about Shaq until much later in his career. In fact, Howard revealed he became aware of O’Neal during the Lakers‘ finals against the 76ers.
What about Shaq’s ‘Superman’ nickname?
Another point Dwight Howard wanted to touch on was the confusion with his ‘Superman’ nickname, which also happens to be Shaq’s nickname. Dwight atributed his to rapper Soulja Boy and his famous Superman dance. Once Dwight Howard’s response ended, Hart realized there really was no beef and proposed for the two of them to have a conversation. Howard asked if cameras should be included in this conversation, Hart always places content over privacy.
This is what Howard said about the alleged beef with Shaq: “I never had an issue with Shaq. To be honest, I really didn’t know a lot about Shaq as a young kid. My favorite player was Kevin Garnett, Magic Johnson, and Wilt Chamberlain. I watched the (Orlando) Magic play, I didn’t realize Shaq was on that team until he played the Sixers in the finals and I saw him demolish. When I was in 11th grade, I just remember Shaq beating up everybody and after that I was like: ‘Oh man’. My Superman name came from Souljah Boy, I used to do his dance. The confusion was that he thought I was trying to take his nickname and be like him and stuff like that. I don’t know where we are right now, I’ve never had a conversation with Shaq.”