Depending on who you believe, Shaquille O’Neal is either out or a game-time decision for tonight’s second game against the Miami Heat. But based on this picture — from a “workout” with his “fianceé” “Hoopz” — I’d say that right calf is doing just fine. Sure, balancing a woman on your feet isn’t the same as playing playoff basketball, but it’s pretty close.
In fact, this is probably what the Atlanta Hawks had in mind back when they drafted Spud Webb to play with Tree Rollins. Mobility’s zilch but that’s nine-ish feet of shot-blocking. It’s like the return of Gheorghe Muresan.