Monument to Shaq Fu Puzzles Chinese Residents

Hmm. I get the impression that the LOS ANGELES TIMES’ Bill Plaschke isn’t a huge Shaquille O’Neal fan. Plaschke, in Beijing to sample the cuisine and cover the Olympics, wonders why the Chinese would erect a ginormous statute to honor the world’s most powerful genie.

Shaquille O'Neal Chinese statue

The answer, it seems, has nothing to do with the locals and everything to do with the property — Li Ning Sports Park — that sits adjacent to the monument to Shaq-tasticness:

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