Shaquille O’Neal has always been a polarizing figure in the NBA. Hilarious, caustic, sardonic and witty. Many love him, and some just can’t stand his antics (although the complaining, around the internet at least, is minimal). He’s always making jokes with the media, laughing with them and at other times laughing at them.

The Big Diesel, the Shaqtus, or whatever you want to call him (I’ll call him Shaquille O’Neal, or simply “Shaq”), is one of the most dominating players in the history of basketball. Over the course of his career he’s referred to himself — and dubbed by many sportswriters — as “Superman.”

Two years ago in the 2008 NBA slam dunk contest, Dwight Howard adorned a “Superman” cape to his back and lept his way to the dunk championship title.

Apparently, Mr. Howard is “Superman,” but after ESPN ran a “This is SportsCenter” commercial featuring Howard as “Superman saving the day,” Shaq’s nerves took a beating and he denounced Howard’s “Superman” candidacy by saying that he, O’Neal, is the “real Superman.”

Hey guys, “Superman” is a comic book character, a superhero even. He flies around and saves people. He doesn’t play basketball. He lives in several pages of comic books and doesn’t give a rats ass if anybody else claims that they’re “Superman,” because Clark Kent will use the epic powers of yellow journalism to detest anybody who claims otherwise.

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