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'After the Dance': Shaquille O'Neal says '90s was greatest era of basketball, fans say they can't agree more

Shaq also remembered the late Kobe Bryant who died this January in a tragic helicopter accident
UPDATED MAY 20, 2020
Shaquille O'Neal (Getty Images)
Shaquille O'Neal (Getty Images)

One of the highlights of 'After the Dance' special hosted by ESPN and NBA expert commentator, Stephen A Smith was Shaquille O'Neal's proclamation: "I just realized that the 90’s era was the greatest era of basketball." That line had fans talking on Twitter about how good those glorious days were. Much of the nostalgia stemmed from the fact that 'The Last Dance' aired its final episode on Sunday and the thrilling and riveting tale of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bull came to an end. 

"BOOM! @SHAQ called it and he’s well on-point! The 1990s was the GREATEST era of #NBA action!! I couldn’t agree more!! #AfterTheDance #TheLastDance," a fan tweeted. "Damn right, Shaq said it perfectly, " I realized that 90's basketball was the greatest era for basketball" #AfterTheDance," another seconded.

A fan tweet read: "I would have 2 agree @SHAQ the 90s was a very fun time in #basketball...YESSS !! #MichaelJordan IS SUCH AN UPSTANDING/ OUTSTANDING ATHLETE. W OWW!"#KobeBryant SHOOT AIRBALLS?? DAS HARD 2 IMAGINE!! #AfterTheDance@ABCNetwork"

"#TheLastDance showed well. @ABCNetwork aired #AfterTheDance with Host @stephenasmith in which we good to hear from #Shaq, #MagicJohnson, ESPN alum #RobinRoberts," a fan opined. Shaq also remembered the late Kobe Bryant who died this January in a tragic helicopter accident. "I’m glad Kobe and Mike were able to have a relationship…most times we have to admire the guys we look up to by afar," the NBA legend said. 

One of the fans also said the 80s were a better generation. "That may be true overall. But nothing comes close to Lakers/Celtics in the ’80s," he remarked. 'After the Dance'  also saw big names in the form of Magic Johnson, Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Roberts and Anthony Anderson. Here's a tweet from a fan who enjoyed the show's electric intro: "The intros were electric! I didn't want to miss a moment of the game! #AfterTheDance #GTLHottpics"

What are your thoughts on Shaquille O'Neal's statement about the '90s being the greatest era of basketball and his thoughts on the Kobe-Jordan relationship?

'The Last Dance' is available for streaming on Netflix.