Don’t think you need to get your hearing checked when during the playoffs Shaquille O’Neal starts saying nice things about Dwight Howard.
Players are careful not to criticize other players with the same agent — and that’s going to be Shaq and Howard now, reports Shams Charania of the Vertical at Yahoo Sports.
Howard plans to hire O’Neal’s agent, Perry Rogers, for his new representation, multiple sources told The Vertical. Rogers could file official paperwork with the National Basketball Players Association as soon as Friday, sources said. Rogers doesn’t have any other NBA clients and established his reputation as tennis legend Andre Agassi’s longtime agent.
O’Neal, a longtime public nemesis of Howard’s, had extensive conversations with the Houston center and sold him on the marketing of “Superman” and the representation of Rogers, sources said. The potential of marketing Howard and O’Neal in advertisements together played a role, too, sources said.
Shaq + Dwight = BFF.
Shaq has said before, “A lot of people may think I’m picking on him. I’m not picking on him. I have to stay on the big man like the forefathers stayed on me.” See, it was all just tough love. Not not ego, not a silly battle over the Superman moniker, or a big man coming in challenging Shaq’s legacy (potentially, that never actually worked out).
Nope, it was always love.
Now that they share an agent.