Arete, Sport and Society, American Sport History, NBA, Basketball, Shaquille O'Neal, Orlando Magic
O'Neal, Shaquille; Orlando Magic (Basketball team)
They are called impact players. The kind of player who can come into a league and make an immediate impact on a team, and even on a league. They are few and far between. The Orlando Magic has one. At 7'1" and around 300 pounds he is what Al McGuire termed an aircraft carrier, and Dick Vitale calls a space eater. Either description will do. He is Shaquille O'Neal. The Shaq.
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Crepeau, Richard C., "Shaq: The Latest Impact Player" (1992). On Sport and Society. 338.