Phoenix Suns center Shaquille O'Neal is buying a Smart Car, believe or not. I say that not because I think NBA players can’t be environmentally conscientious, but rather, because Shaq is mammoth human being and Smart Cars are teeny tiny.
Towering at 7 feet 1 inch tall and weighing 325 pounds, I have no idea how the heck he is going to fit himself into a car which has only 39.7 inches of headroom and 41.2 inches of legroom. The image of a clown car comes to mind.
Actually, the NBA has planned an entire green initiative with other basketball players, like fellow Phoenix Sun point guard Steve Nash, promoting the solar panels on his home court’s roof and his basketball sneakers made from recycled materials.
The National Basketball Association is looking to reduce their carbon footprint, which is inflated by players’ iced-out gas-guzzling Hummers, high-tech scoreboards and long airplane rides between New York and Los Angeles.
And players from the Denver Nuggets, Charlotte Bobcats and the Chicago Bulls plan to wear gym socks made from organic socks and the Toronto Raptors will offer a 25% discount to fans taking public transportation to games.
Now, back to Shaq, I’m still not sure how he’s going squeeze himself into a hobbit car, not to mention he’ll look pretty funny driving around it. Instead he needs one like this. It’s a Smart Car propped up on 26 inch tires.