The Philadelphia 76ers had a rare contest on national television last night, which is a bit of a blessing and a curse. Sixers fans miss out on the great calls of Marc Zumoff and have to deal with the ramblings of Reggie Miller during game action, but we're also treated to Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley, Ernie Johnson, and Shaquille O'Neal giving their zany takes during breaks.
We didn't get a ton of Sir Charles' views last night but Shaq weighed in with a very interesting comparison for the Sixers' young studs.
"Chuck said it at the beginning of this year, I didn't believe him," Shaq said. "But the Philadelphia 76ers are must-see TV right now. I'm looking at the chemistry of Simmons and Embiid, it reminds me of a young Penny and a young Shaq."
If anyone would know, it's Mr. O'Neal.
But Shaq isn't the first to make the comparisons to those old Magic teams. Markieff Morris of the Washington Wizard said similar things after going up against the Sixers a couple of weeks back.
"I think Embiid and Ben Simmons can be like Penny and Shaq," Morris said.
"Dominance is the thing I'm talking about more than the game. Of course, they've got different games but the dominance is being shown by both of them," he said.
I think both Morris and Shaq are right. It's more about the duo's dominance and chemistry than the actual style of play. Shaq was more brute force whereas Joel has some handle and finesse with "soccer feet" as Brett Brown likes to say.
The young duo are still trying to find ways to put it all together. Despite having impressive individual performances last night, they couldn't out-duel a relatively weak Lakers team.