'Worst Teammate? Dennis Rodman': Shaquille O'Neal Blasts Rodman

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Jon Conahan

Many people seem to forget that Shaquille O'Neal and Dennis Rodman played together with the Los Angeles Lakers during the 1998-1999 NBA season. It was forgotten because many always remember Rodman as a Chicago Bull and not anything else.

However, they did play together in Los Angeles, and Shaq shared some interesting thoughts he has about the five-time NBA champ.

'He Was A Great Player, But He Made It Hard'

In an episode of 'The Big Podcast with Shaq,' the Big Diesel said Rodman was the worst teammate he's ever had. Considering how long of a career Shaq had, it is pretty impressive for Rodman to be named the worst ever.

”Worst teammate? Dennis Rodman. He was a great player, but he made it hard. Like when you try to corral the guys together and the people above you letting this one guy do whatever he wants,” O’Neal said.

Why Did Shaq Say This?

Shaq not only says he is the worst teammate ever, but he also roasted some of the girls he used to bring home. Shaq noted that some of the girls looked like him. Could you imagine a girl at a club looking like Shaquille O'Neal?

“So we had to be there an hour before the game, he come in 15 minutes before the game eating chicken and rice. While the coaches are talking, he would jump in the shower. Cold shower. Come and give you 15-20 rebounds. After the game, he don’t take a shower and be in a club with girls that look like you,” O’Neal added.

Are These Comments Serious?

These comments do seem somewhat serious from Shaq. However, the two are likely good friends off the court. We aren't 100% sure because we don't see them hanging out much, but most professional athletes are cool with each other, despite the occasional media outbursts.

Crazy Year In Los Angeles

During the 1998-99 season, the Los Angeles Lakers had a ton of issues. Many players wanted Del Harris fired, Kobe Bryant and Shaq were arguing, and players were starting to grow frustrated.

They decided to sign Dennis Rodman as Jerry Buss wanted to win an NBA title, which was the right decision at that moment. However, it didn't work out for them that season. If it had happened a few years prior, there's a good chance they would have won it all.

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