Cohen 8-Ball: Reliving Magical Moments

Shaquille O'Neal

 

OrlandoMagic.com’s Josh Cohen describes memorable plays and moments in franchise history.

What Goes Up Must Come Down

Though he wasn’t the first NBA player to smash a backboard, Shaquille O’Neal’s shatters remain the most significant. Years after Gus Johnson and Darryl Dawkins, two of the original rim crushers, Shaq demolished a pair of hoops during his rookie season.

The first came in Phoenix on Feb. 7, 1993 when O’Neal literally pulled the entire hoop down from a putback slam.

Shaq took it a step further on April 23, 1993 when his two-handed flush snapped the backboard off the stanchion and some of the glass shattered onto the court.

Years later in 2009, a Dwight Howard slam caused the shot clock to collapse.

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