Picked up by the Golden State Warriors this season, O’Neal is a veteran of the game, having played the majority of his career with the Pacers. He is a 6 time All Star, and nobody can doubt his quality as a centre. He blocks shots and rebounds with aggression and his jump shot actually looks pretty nice. But where his crimes lie is at the foul line. He has had an eccentric history standing at this particular area of the court, but his recently adopted style takes eccentricity to ugly new levels. The multiple bounces, as if composing himself. Then the steely stare up at the rim, mano-a-mano. He twists his back foot, like crushing out a cigarette. The deep bending of the knees, then the glorious rising up to jarringly stop at the top of the action, hold for what seems like forever, then a flick of the hands from off his forehead to shoot the ball. Good Lord, the worst part is that shuddering anticlimax when he pauses at the top. It begs for a fluid release but O’Neal refuses its pleas. That the ball goes in is no consolation.