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Shaq vs Michael Phelps, vs Serena Williams, vs Oscar de la Hoya

Shaq is looking to get in shape for the next NBA
season by getting in shape to compete against
athletes the likes of Michael Phelps, Serena
Williams and Oscar de la Hoya. AP Photo/John Raoux

Whoa!  The news of Shaquille O'Neal getting in training shape to swim against Michael Phelps, play tennis against Serena Williams and box against Oscar de la Hoya has hit the web. (Spanish summary below - Resumen español abajo)

Just in case you thought the current emphasis on cross-training fitness by star athletes was a mere fad, the upcoming show could well be a fitness feast; with a little good fortune, it's a terrific example of muscle confusion as an important training technique, verses muscle memory as an important competitive edge.

ABC's "Shaq Vs.,"  is scheduled to debut Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT,  and pits the Cleveland Cavalier's center against star athletes - in their own court, (or pool, or field, etc).

The list that's out there for current contenders includes Olympic swimmer  Michael Phelps,  St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, tennis star Serena Williams, beach volleyball pros  Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor  and boxing legend Oscar de la Hoya.

According to, O'Neal  came up with the idea as a fun way to help train for the NBA season and figured sports fans "would really want to see an athlete play another sport." He knew most of the athletes and recruited some of them on Twitter. reported that O'Neal will negotiate a handicap with each opponent and train with a coach for one week leading up to the challenge. He received the blessing of Cavaliers management to participate in the show.

"He's addressing a question we think is one you've heard on sports radio for decades: What if this great athlete from that sport had a competition against that great athlete from that sport?" said Modi Wiczyk, CEO of the show's production company, Media Rights Capital. "There's an element of wish fulfillment to this."

"These athletes may be on top of their game, but I am up for the challenge,"   O'Neal said in a news release.   "I plan to train hard and win, so look out."

 ABC' " Shaq vs " se programa para debut el martes 18 de agosto en 9 P.M. ET/PT, y marca con hoyos la Cleveland Cavalier' centro de s contra atletas de la estrella - en su propia corte, (o piscina, o campo, etc).
La lista that' s hacia fuera allí para los competidores actuales incluye al nadador olímpico Michael Phelps, primera base Albert Pujols de los cardenales de St. Louis, estratega Ben Roethlisberger de Pittsburgh Steelers, estrella de tenis Serena Williams, los pros Kerri Walsh y Mayo-Treanor brumoso y la Hoya del voleibol de la playa de Óscar de de la leyenda del boxeo.
Según, O' Neal subió con la idea como una manera de la diversión de ayudar a entrenar para la estación de NBA y el " calculado de los ventiladores de deportes; querría realmente ver a un atleta jugar otro sport." Él conocía la mayor parte de a los atletas y reclutó algunos de ellos en gorjeo. divulgó ese O' Neal negociará una desventaja con cada opositor y tren con un coche para una semana que conduce al desafío. Él recibió la bendición de la gerencia de los Cavaliers para participar en la demostración.


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  • RBG CALI 5 years ago

    Shaq is going down! lol

  • amy 5 years ago

    RBG Cali - LOL! You think? It'd be tough to go against the best, but ya know, I'm one of those people who always wondered 'what would this sport hero look like pitted against this one.' Sounds like a fun show to me