When you think of two super stars battling it out in a war of words with shots fired through the media, the first two guys that come to mind are Shaquille O`Neal and Steve Nash. OK, maybe only one of those guys comes to mind.
Here's how it all lays out.
In one corner we have One-Time MVP Shaquille O`Neal who had a fairly decent career and has done alright for himself financially and otherwise. But that's obviously not enough for the Big _____.
Here's what Shaq recently told Vibe Magazine about Steve Nash winning the MVP Award in 2005 and 2006:
Shaquille O'Neal believes he deserved MVP awards, not Steve Nash - ArizonaSports.com
Steve Nash is my boy, but I don't see how the f--- he got it twice. I was taught never to complain because you can't beat the system. People know who the real dominant guy was.
But Steve Nash, I don't want to say it because you might print it and it might cause problems. I don't believe he beat me out twice.
In the other corner we have the Two-Time MVP Award winner, Steve Nash.
"I didn't know what he said," Nash responded when asked to comment on Shaq's comments.
Told what Shaq said, Nash came out with with both barrels blazing:
"Well, I mean The Diesel's entitled to his opinion. I know some people feel like I shouldn't have won the MVP (and) some people feel like I should have won three. He's entitled to his opinion."
You can see the emotion on Nash's face and hear the fire in his voice as he gives his response.
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There you have it, it doesn't get any nastier than that.
Oh, and in case you really care about the historic details, Arizona Sports.com has them:
Nash won his first MVP in 2005, after leading the Suns to 62 wins while averaging 15.5 points and 11.5 assists per game. That same season, O'Neal averaged 22.9 points and 10.5 rebounds per game for the 59-win Miami Heat.
The second of Nash's awards came the following season, when he led an injury-ravaged Suns team to 54 wins while averaging a career-best 18.8 points per game and dishing out 10.5 assists. O'Neal, though, only played in 59 games that year due to injuries, averaging 20 points and 9.2 rebounds per night.