Shaq Hasn't Panicked Since 1981 -- So He Claims

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"The Big Shaqtus"
The amount of hilarious nonsense that comes from the mouth of former Phoenix Suns big man Shaquille O'Neal is only rivaled by that of another former Suns star: Charles Barkley.

Sir Charles is in the off-season from his gig as a TNT basketball commentator, so the general public hasn't been blessed with too many Barkley-isms as of late. But the "Big Shaqtus'" runaway mouth has no off-season, and it was on display in a recent interview he gave where he claims he hasn't panicked since 1981 -- when he was 9-years-old.


Shaq's pimping his upcoming reality TV show and had a little Q & A with the New York Times Magazine last week, where he made the claim.

On the show, Shaq Vs., the 7-foot-1, aging star squares off with other celebs in various competitions. For example, the show features a cook-off with Rachel Ray, golf against Charles Barkley, and some sort of contest with Justin Bieber -- perhaps a hunk-off.

In the midst of other hilarious banter, which you can see here, Shaq had the following exchange with NYTM writer Deborah Solomon:


When was the last time you panicked? 1981.

When you were 9?
We were living with relatives, and I just happened to steal a lighter from the kitchen counter. I had a teddy bear. My thing was to just light the tail and then blow it out and laugh. Ha, ha. But as soon as I lit the tail, the whole thing caught on fire. It almost caught the house on fire. I got the whooping of my life.

Shaq may have not panicked in nearly three decades, but Phoenix Suns fans panicked far more frequently when he was with the squad -- like, every time he went to the foul line in the fourth quarter.


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