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Could Shaq Get Into the White House?

So can Shaq just waltz into the White House by virtue of being Shaq? It's an interesting question. I'd guess no, security being what it is these days, but I'll make my no a "No With Autographs." The so-called Big Witness Protection was on The Mike Wise Show this afternoon, and he posed the question. Seeing as how he's coming to D.C. on Monday to appear in RAW at the Verizon Center, it's fairly apropos. Like, I think this might actually happen.

"Hey Mike, question," Shaq began. "Your show is based in D.C., right? All right, check this out, I got on a nice suit, I'm in D.C. paying a visit, I jump out of a cab in front of the White House, I don't use none of my political/law enforcement connections. If I go to the gate and say, 'Hey, I'm in town, I would like to see the President,' do I get in, or do I not get in? Give me your answer.

"I say yes," Wise said.

"What about you, Tony Robbins?" Shaq said to show co-host Bill Rohland.

"Shaq, you don't even have to be in a suit, I'd let you in the front door, it's not a problem," Rohland said.

"For real, you think so?" Shaq replied. "A lot of people think I won't get in."

Like I said, this apparently might actually happen on Monday, and I've got my money on the gate.

Incidentally, in his role as a muckraking troublemaker, Wise also attempted to make trouble. Flip Saunders was on with the Sportsy Junkies this week, and was asked which Eastern Conference team made itself mo' betterest between the Magic, the Cavs and the Celtics. His answer was the Wizards.

"I think the other three teams, when you look at the end of the year, their records will not be any better and probably worse than they were last year," he said.

One of the Junks mentioned the Shaq experiment in Phoenix.

"How'd that work out in Phoenix?" Saunders asked rhetorically. "It's totally different when you have a center that's in the paint all the time, because there's someone there always for help. They've always played their best, in Cleveland, when they've had the ability to spread the floor and have openings for LeBron."

So Wise conveyed these general sentiments, with perhaps a little more enthusiasm, to Shaq.

"Flip Saunders should have said what I did to him when I busted his ass earlier," Shaq replied, more or less. "I remember all comments, I'm taking all comments. I'll see him very soon. Too bad for Haywood, too bad for McGee, because I'm coming."


By Dan Steinberg  |  July 24, 2009; 4:06 PM ET
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The only way he gets in is because the White House now has advanced notice. Without it, he has a zero percent chance. ZERO.

Posted by: Tony-Tony-Tony | July 24, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Well you know he's going to try it. He'll probably Tweet about it...

Posted by: KyminDC | July 24, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

You never know, Obama is a big hoops guy. Maybe Obama brings the Big Rhetorical to his next pickup game as the designated ringer.

Shaq may well take the opportunity to destroy Haywood and McGee in the post this year. Doesn't mean Flip is wrong.

Posted by: ts35 | July 24, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

no chance.

Posted by: littles_ | July 24, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm just excited that Shaq actually knows who McGee is, and that he'll acknowledge the Wizards centers by name.

Posted by: acslater | July 25, 2009 12:54 AM | Report abuse

shoulda mentioned Oberto too. The Wiz has a lot of fouls to give up front, plus mobility. Shaq will not help the Cavs this year against this group.

Posted by: joe2chase | July 25, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

I really hope Shaq tries to get in to the White House. After the week Obama just had, this is not the time to be messing around with nba players at the white house...which is just why it will be all too funny if this happens.

Posted by: Barno1 | July 26, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

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