Shaquille O'Neal believes he only played to 30 percent of his ability

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Shaquille O'Neal will be taking his rightful place in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this Friday, but it seems like he has saved some of his best quotes for last.

The four-time NBA champion now works as an analyst on Inside the NBA on TNT since retiring in 2011.

In an interview with The Vertical ahead of his big day, Shaq has insisted he was only a fraction of the player he could have been.

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"I only played 30 percent of my real game," O'Neal said. "I had a great career, but I didn't get a chance to showcase what I can really do. That's because the double- and triple-teams were coming so quick, I had to dominate, dominate, dominate inside. I had the ability to step out, go around defenders, dribble by people, but I never got to show that.

"I had to focus on being the most powerful, dominant player to ever play the game."

If only playing at 30 percent yields 23.7 points a game, 2.3 blocks and 10.9 rebounds, then it's scary to think what Diesel thinks he really could have done.

Shaq is without question one of the all-time great big men and he has become the modern-day yardstick for centers following on from the likes of Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

But 30 percent? Come on.

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