Normally if my mom would ask me to watch Oprah with her I’d find any excuse to avoid doing so, but I decided to come over and catch the end of Tuesday’s episode because The Big Do-Gooder was making an appearance on the show.
This episode followed up on a previous show featuring a 12-year-old boy who had grown to 7-foot-3, which is amazing because I don’t know if I was even 4-foot-3 when I was 12.
The giant kid named Brenden Adams, who suffers from a one-of-a-kind genetic abnormality that has resulted in his monstrous height, said Shaq is one of his heroes because he “can look at him at eye level.”
The powers that be at Oprah flew Brenden out to Phoenix to watch the Suns’ game against Indiana, which means that Brenden had a courtside view of Danny Granger hitting the game-winning triple with 0.9 seconds left.
He then got a backstage look at US Airways Center courtesy of Shaq, some Shaq-sized shoes and a little get together with the Shaqtus’ family.
The big man then took the big boy out to Donovan’s Steakhouse before shopping at his personal tailor’s place, captured in this Oprah.com video.
Shaq told Brenden that he knows how he feels being so much taller than everybody else and told him to just be himself, while also delivering a little more life advice.
“I just want you to do one thing, stay positive, follow your dreams and just be happy, brother,” Shaq said. “You’re tall for a reason. Trust me on this, girls like tall guys.”
Oprah then finished off the show by saying, “I’ll see you on Twitter, Shaq,” kind of funny in light of the above tweeting interaction between the two.
Say what you want about Shaq and his antics, especially that little hissy fit with Stan Van Gundy, but he really is a good dude who cares about others.
Still, it certainly looked more than a bit strange to see the Daddy looking up at a kid in his early teens.
If you’re really into the Suns and Oprah, take a look at Grant Hill talking about MRSA in this video that recently aired on the show.
Also check out this ESPN interview with Shaq’s mixed martial arts trainer Jonathan Burke, who hinted at a MMA battle between Shaq and Chuck Liddell and said he “has no doubt” that the Shaqtus would take any other NBA player in MMA.