Shaquille O’Neal has almost as many nicknames as his size 23 shoe. He is also known as: The Big Aristotle, Hobo Master, Shaq, The Diesel, Shaq Fu, The Big Daddy, Superman, The Big Agave, The Big Cactus, The Big Shaqtus, The Big Galactus, Wilt Chamberneezy, The Big Baryshnikov, The Real Deal, The Big Shamrock, The Big Leprechaun, Shaqovic and…. The Big Conductor. In case you’re wondering that’s 18 total nicknames.
I will try to restrain myself as I make this declaration. It is my unqualified opinion and the opinion of many who are qualified, that Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all-time! His accomplishments on the court, and his marketing star power put the NBA on the mountaintop for many years.
Magic Johnson played for the Los Angeles Lakers for 13 years. He was nicknamed “Magic” while playing for Everett High School in Lansing, Michigan. A sports writer for a local paper gave him that name after Earvin scored a triple double the night before.