Shaquille O’Neal named the only player who dunked on him “face to face” in NBA (VIDEO)


shaq-colemanAt the “NBA Open Court” show, former NBA players Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith, Reggie Miller, Charles Barkley, Steve Smith, Chris Webber, and Steve Kerr discussed who was the “greatest dunker of all time”.

Most named Vince Carter as the greatest dunker who participated in dunk contests. Other names were also mentioned, such as Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins and Shawn Kemp.

During the talks, O’Neal was asked who has ever dunked on him. According to Shaq, there has been only one guy in the NBA who did that.

“I’ve only been dunked on one time, in 19 years,” O’Neal said. “I’ve had a lot of “dunk by’s”, but face to face only one.”

Then O’Neal revealed who that player was.

“Derrick Coleman. In Jersey. He just came out, and I thought he was going to finger roll it, and he just dunked. Then he made this finger thing. After that I told myself I am not getting dunked on anymore,” O’Neal recalled.

“There’s a difference between dunked on and dunked by. I’ve been dunked by 20-30 times, but dunked on, chest to chest, just one time,” he said.

Below is a short video of that very dunk, when Coleman thew it down on O’Neal, who was having his rookie season:
 

 

During his New Jersey days, Derrick Coleman was truly one of the best power forwards in the NBA. He could dribble, rebound and knock down outside shots. He could also dunk, as O’Neal has already mentioned.

a 1994 All-Star, Derrick Coleman played for New Jersey Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Philadelphia 76ers and Detroit Pistons throughout his career.

He averaged 18.4 ppg and 10.3 rpg in his rookie season. Coleman averaged double-double in 11 of his 15 years in the NBA.

He averaged career high 20.7 ppg for New Jersey in 1992-93. Coleman holds career averages of 16.5 ppg, 9.3 rpg and 1.3 bpg in 33.2 minutes of playing time. He appeared in 781 NBA games, starting in 672 of them.

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