Shaquille O'Neal thinks his style of play changed the NBA

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A lot has changed since Shaquille O'Neal left the NBA. The league has become perimeter-focused and the role of a tradition big man no longer exists.

Centers today have adapted to the new league and players like Karl-Anthony Towns and Kristaps Porzingis, who will be the future, have developed a stroke from three-point land during their formative years.

As he heads to the Hall of Fame, the center has been looking back at his career and he believes the physical style of play that made him such a favourite has led to the change in big men across the association.

"I believe the way that I dominated, I made guys not want to come inside and feel the pain," O'Neal said. "That's why you have a lot of guys stepping out and shooting jumpers now. We're all products of our environment, so when I was coming up, I saw big men playing in the middle.

"The kids saw me playing and realised that they couldn't endure the pain and nor did they want to take the pain. So they started shooting jumpers -- a la Dirk Nowitzki."

Shaq's dominance will never be seen again but the young guns have parts of their arsenal that he could only dream of.

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