Shaq is assisted by his “Levitation Process Crew.”
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I don’t know if you’ve noticed lately, but during player introductions, Suns center Shaquille O’Neal has been making his way onto the court in quite the unique manner.
Instead of the usual procession of a player getting up off of the bench, giving high-fives to all of his teammates and then greeting the other starters at the end of the line, Shaq has offered a different routine.
The 7-1 All-Star lifts his legs into the air as teammates Robin Lopez, Louis Amundson, Jared Dudley and Goran Dragic carry the big fella like he’s on a throne for about 15 feet before tossing him back onto his feet. The finale of this routine is completed when swingman Alando Tucker runs and jumps above Shaq’s shoulders, Shaq grabs him with one arm and then spins him as Tucker does a mini-airplane like a little kid.
For fans wondering the motivation behind the antics of “The Big Cactus” and his comedic cohorts, we went straight to the horse’s mouth.
“The guys holding me up are called ‘The LPC,’” O’Neal declared. “The Levitation Process Crew. It’s because I levitate above all competition. And of course, because there is no such thing as levitation, I need a Levitation Process Crew.”
I thought that last part went without saying. But “The Diesel” explained further.
“This ‘Gentleman in my Arms,’” he said pointing at Tucker, “shows that we have trust in each other because he’s just diving into my arms – and I just want to let him know that I got his back. It’s a symbol of trust.”
For a full video of this grandiose entrance, click here.