The annual NBA Draft is tonight, which will make a handful of athletic 21-year-olds instant millionaires (there's no real consensus on what my New York Knicks will do, but here's hoping they draft Tyler Hansbrough, just because it would make the least sense possible). But the real headline going into tonight's event is the blockbuster trade between the Phoenix Suns and the Cleveland Cavaliers. There were a bunch of players involved, but the headline is that Shaquille O'Neal will join LeBron James in Cleveland, hopefully providing the size and spark LeBron needs to get over the hump and win a championship.
Shaq has had the sort of career that sounds completely fictional: 15 seasons, four championships, an MVP, an Olympic gold medal and a host of awards and records. But he's also training for a mixed martial arts fight (he claims he can knock out former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell), has had a wacky acting career ("Kazaam," "Blue Chips") and has put out five rap albums. Back in 1993, Shaq teamed up with New York Native Tongue also-rans Fu-Schnickens for the single "What's Up Doc? (Can We Rock)," which became a huge hit in the summer of that year. It's your standard rapping-into-the-camera clip, but it's remarkable to see how young (and thin) O'Neal looks in the clip. Also, what was up with all the dudes wearing nothing but vests?