As we know, Shaquille O’Neal loves to give himself nicknames. Over his career he’s referred to himself as “The Diesel,” “Shaq Fu,” “The Big Aristotle,” “The Big Daddy,” “Superman,” “The Big Agave,” “The Big Cactus,” “The Big Shaqtus,” “Wilt Chamberneezy,” “The Big Baryshnikov,” and “Dr. Shaq.”
Now that he’s (reportedly) signed with the Boston Celtics, we feel it’s time someone else dropped a nickname on the big guy.
So here are some Boston-related nicknames for the big fella’ to choose from.
The Big Minuteman
This, of course, has nothing to do with the Revolutionary War, instead it’s a reference to how long it takes Shaq to get up the court on offense.
The Big Sully
Let’s face it, every group of friends in Boston has someone named “Sully,” right? At least, that’s the way we imagine things. Yeah, we’ve seen Good Will Hunting one too many times. So naturally we think “The Big Three” in Boston need a sidekick named Sully. How you like them apples Kobe?
The Shaq On A Hill
Boston is often referred to as “The City on a Hill,” because of Massachusetts Bay Colony’s governor John Winthrop’s vision of creating the Biblical “City on a Hill.”
The Jolly Green Giant
Come on, the guy is huge and he’ll be wearing green. We can’t be the only ones thinking this.
The Big Leprechaun
Again, pretty obvious. So Shaq has apparently embraced his Irish heritage and signed with the Celtics. What? The guy’s last name is O’Neal.
The Big Bean
Obviously Boston loves its baked beans. Hopefully Boston fans will love their new center.
Why? Because Jermaine O’Neal will open the season as the Celtics’ starting center and is younger than Shaq. The elder O’Neal “brother” will be there to backup Jermaine. Much like another brother in another famous family.
The Boston Pop
The city of Boston’s takes much pride in its symphony orchestra the Boston Pops. Shaq, being the oldest active player in the NBA is certainly the “Pops” of the league.
Two more additions to the list from our very own Hick Flick:
The Bigger Nasty
There is no bigger compliment from a Bostonian than “he’s nasty.” Well, since Corliss Williamson was already “The Big Nasty,” I guess that would make Shaq “The Bigger Nasty.”
The Black Nomah
“Black Nomah” kind of sounds like “Black Mamba” when said quickly. Plus it plays up the incredibly over-hyped rivalry Shaq has with Kobe Bryant. But we’ll be honest, we only really put this on here so that we had an excuse to hear Boston fans say “Nomaahhhhhhhhh” again.