I’ll agree that Shaq’s comment wasn’t very smart or considerate. But I contend to “never attribute to malice what can easily be explained by stupidity.” Not that Shaq is dumb, it was just a dumb thing to do.
I’m Italian and can’t tell you how many stupid mafia/meatball/Godfather jokes I heard growing up in the midwest and deep south, but other people’s ignorance never got me down, and it doesn’t seem to have upset Yao. Yao handled the comment very well, Shaq apologized, and like <b>Silentgoldfish</b> said, “case closed.”
But Shaq is STILL gonna dunk all over Yao next Friday in Houston.