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Shaquille O'Neal conducts the Boston Pops [video]

December 21, 2010 |  6:44 pm

 

Shaquille O'Neal conducts the Boston Pops Orchestra Shaquille O'Neal conducted the Boston Pops on Monday night, getting into the groove on the orchestra's renditions of "Sleigh Ride," the Jackson 5's "Can You Feel It" and, of course, Queen's "We Are the Champions," a tune well suited to the former Lakers star.

The Boston Celtics center gave the performance a bit of a "Gulliver's Travels" feel, towering over the musicians and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus as he, um, helmed the group. (Watch the video — he eventually gets into it!)

"I have a whole new respect for conductors," O'Neal said before his performance, ESPN reports. "I went through a rehearsal today, and my arms are shot right now."

The musician's necks probably got a workout as well as they looked to the 7-foot-1, tuxedo-clad basketball player for guidance. Their usual conductor, Keith Lockhart, measures in at a merely human 5-foot-9 and weighs around half as much as Shaq does.

Thoughts on Shaquille O'Neal's conducting debut?

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Photo: Boston Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal serves as guest conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra during a holiday concert in Boston on Dec. 20. Credit: Gretchen Ertl / Associated Press.

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