It seems being too nice is becoming a growing trend among NBA players in Los Angeles.

One day after Chauncey Billups said his Los Angeles Clippers teammate Blake Griffin was "too nice," Shaquille O'Neal said the same thing about Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard but was slightly more pointed with his criticism.

"He's too nice," O'Neal said Tuesday on "The Max and Marcellus Show" on ESPNLA 710. "I'm a connoisseur of giggling and playing and all that and making you laugh and playing with the fans, but when I cross that line, I'm ready to tear your face off. I don't care who it is. You could put one of my aunts or uncles out there, and I'm going to give him these elbows in their chest and I'm going to throw it down in their face. That's what you have to do. ... He's just too nice. If I was him, I would get into the same mood I was in."

Howard has followed a similar path in the NBA as O'Neal. He was the former No. 1 pick of the Orlando Magic and led Orlando to the NBA Finals before taking his "Superman" act to Hollywood to join the Los Angeles Lakers. Howard, however, is considering leaving Los Angeles as a free agent this summer.

Some believe the pressure of playing in Los Angeles and living up to the legacy of former big men such as Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and O'Neal might be too much for Howard, who might be content in a small market with smaller expectations. O'Neal hopes that's not the case with Howard.

"I just know when it comes to pressure, you either run away from it or you handle it," O'Neal said. "The first day I got to the Forum, the great Jerry West said, 'Son, look up.' And I saw Kareem's jersey, Wilt's jersey and all the great jerseys. He said, 'Shaq, I know you do movies, I know you do albums, but you need to get at least two or three championships while you're here or this move will be considered a bust.' So for me, it was a lot of pressure but I like the pressure. Especially when you see other greats say that he's like a Wilt or he's like a Kareem. I knew I had to step up.

"He should have known all of this when he signed with L.A. He should have known what he was getting into. My advice to him is to look pressure in the face and give it the one-two combination and knock it out."

O'Neal said he relished the pressure and made it his goal to be the best center in Lakers history.