What Ever Happened to "Baby Shaq"?
For some reason, the other day I started thinking about Charles Claxton, who played basketball at Georgia a decade ago. During my first two years at Georgia, I got cheap basketball tickets ($1/game, and they threw in a free t-shirt). Claxton played center and was nicknamed "Baby Shaq". Unfortunately, as far as we in the stands could determine, he only shared two attributes with Shaquille O'Neal. Both are 7'1", and neither could shoot free throws.
The last sighting I could find of him was as in 2000-01 as an All-Star for the Brighton Bears, a British basketball team. Not exactly the Phoenix Suns (who drafted him before his final year at Georgia in a weird arrangment).
Since I couldn't remember Claxton's name off the bat, I had to resort to a Google search. The search was somewhat complicated by:
- Kendrick "Baby Shaq" Perkins (drafted this year by the Celtics)
- Sofoklis "Baby Shaq" Schortsianitis (drafted this year by the Clippers)
- Kenny "Baby Shaq" Harris (off to play for Valparaiso)
- Hugh "Baby Shaq" Jones (a 6'3" street ball player from DC)
- A horse named "Baby Shaq"
- John "Baby Shaq" Henderson (entering his second year with the NFL's Jaguars)
- Eddy "Baby Shaq" Curry (entering his third year in the NBA with the Bulls)
- Robert "Baby Shaq" Traylor (now with the NBA's Hornets)
- Auri "Baby Shaq" Allen (a 6'9" 12-year-old)
- Jennifer "Baby Shaq" Gardner (now playing at Western Carolina)
The list goes on...