We linked to this particular bit of wonderful on Friday, but upon further review this story deserves its own post. Indiana Pacers center Kyrylo Fesenko has been regarded as a lovable goofball since his entry into the NBA in 2007, and he again warmed the cold hearts of the Internet last week by re-telling the story of the first time he met Shaquille O'Neal (Fes, then an overseas prospect, asked for a picture and autograph in 2005), and then the first time he played against big Shaq — by then a member of the Miami Heat, in 2007.
SB Nation's Michael Katz, writing for The Classical, talked to Fesenko recently about his less than ideal matchup:
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"I played against him first time for, I spent 50 seconds on the court, actually 50 seconds against Shaq," he said. "So, at one point he was posting me up and I was thinking 'Oh, I got him. I got him.' And I pictured myself, you know, blocking him. You know, I pictured myself being on the front page of all newspapers and everything. I was already so hyped, like I was thinking how I'm going to tell it to my friends. And then he dunked on me."