Day 32: The Big Aristotle


Today is Day 32 of the Omer. Netzach sheb’hod. Humility that leads to winning.

Sometimes you have to look for the specific moment in a player’s career to really understand a combination of sefirot. Shaquille O’Neal is the definition of larger than life. At 7’1”, 325 lbs, Shaq was too big for even one nickname. The Big Aristotle destroyed baskets, dunked over everybody, and clowned for the cameras whenever possible.

The 15x All-Star and League MVP was an obvious Hall of Famer, but he’s not an obvious choice for the week of hod (humility). At the height of his powers, there was no reason for Shaq to be humble. He was the offense. He led the league in FG% for 10 years. In his MVP season he averaged 29.7 points, 13.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 3.0 blocks/game.

And Shaq only got better in the playoffs. From 1999-2002, he led…

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