Phil Jackson Says Shaq Once Showed Up to Practice Naked

Shaquille O'Neal and Phil Jackson

Before the advent of social media, we were only privy to hilarious moments when they were finally shared by the people who witnessed it.

Recently, New York Knicks president Phil Jackson recalled a story from his Los Angeles Lakers coaching days, where Shaquille O’Neal showed up to practice naked.

During an American Express event in NYC earlier this week, the pair answered questions, with one leading to the revealing story about Shaq.

“Well, you know, [a] number of times, he could crack a team up with humorous effects on the floor,” Jackson said. “There were times when he shocked us all in a practice situation, especially when showed up nude with just his shoes on.”

It’s unclear how many times this happened, but whatever he did, it worked. Because during that time, Shaq (alongside Kobe Bryant) led the Lakers to three straight NBA titles (2000-2002).

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