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Posted at 6:44 AM ET, 12/21/2010

Shaq turns into Maestro Shamrock with Boston Pops

By Cindy Boren

Shaquille O'Neal ... from cops to Pops.

He hung out with law-enforcement types in Florida; now, in Boston, he's Maestro Shamrock, filling in as guest conductor of the Boston Pops for a few songs ("Sleigh Ride," "Can You Feel It" (Michael Jackson rendition) and "We Are The Champions."

"Actually you know I have a whole new respect for conductors," Shaq said before the performance. "Went through a little rehearsal today and my arms are shot right now."

via Sopan Deb, Boston Globe

By Cindy Boren  | December 21, 2010; 6:44 AM ET
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Does anyone in the orchestra actually pay attention to the conductor? Half of the string section probably didn't even notice that they were being led by a 7 Foot, 350 pound black guy until about the 4th song.

Posted by: randysbailin | December 21, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

This is hilarious.

Mrs. Nate took our Nathan Jr. to the Nutcracker the other night here in Portland, and she was mortified that Blazer great Buck Williams was introduced before the show started -- to a huge round of applause, of course -- and THEN was among the crowd on stage during a party scene.

Mrs. Nate does not want the sports world intruding on the arts world... just too incongruous to process, I reckon, even if it's all in the spirit of holiday fun.

I'd gather some in the crowd in Boston reacted the same way, but who knows. Being Boston and all...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 21, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

As a long time Lakers fan, I'd like to say that this is why I've always liked Shaq. He was as hyper-competitive as any dominant NBA player, but he didn't take himself completely seriously; he has always had this slight goofiness about him. It is tough to imagine Kobe, also one of my favorites, in tux and tails holding a baton and looking serious but a bit out of his league, or appearing in a ad that featured him ribbon dancing.

Posted by: SepulvedaC | December 21, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

I love it!

Posted by: awfulexcuse1 | December 22, 2010 6:47 AM | Report abuse

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