Shaq reveals reasons why Steph is his favorite player

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Add another NBA legend to the long list of those impressed by Steph Curry. 

Hall of Famer and 15-time NBA All-Star Shaquille O'Neal sang Curry's praises Tuesday night on TNT's halftime show during the Warriors' game against the Boston Celtics. O'Neal dubbed the 32-year-old guard his "favorite" and immediately explained why.


"I like him because he's something that I haven't seen before," O'Neal said. 

Obviously, that's some pretty high praise coming from a prolific former player. O'Neal cemented himself as a basketball great over a 19-year span in the NBA. He won four NBA titles, including three with the Los Angeles Lakers and one with the Miami Heat. He now works as an analyst for TNT and is one of the most recognizable faces and voices in the game. 

Although the sport has changed tremendously since his playing days, that hasn't stopped O'Neal from appreciating Curry's greatness.

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"See, a lot of times when I try to compare the old era to the new era, people say I'm hating," O'Neal said. "First of all, I'm too great to hate. Second of all, I've never seen anything like Steph, and that's why he's my favorite player."

Curry certainly put on a show early. At the end of the first half, the six-time NBA All-Star already had racked up 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting, along with six boards and four assists. Heading into halftime, the Warriors and Celtics were tied at 52.

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