Shaq: ‘Kevin Durant Can Criticize Me When He Wins A Championship’
It’s been over a week since Shaq stated he would never speak the name of Golden State Warriors big man & “Shaqtin’ a Fool” legend JaVale McGee again. That promise clearly doesn’t extend to McGee’s teammate, Kevin Durant, who had a lot to say about Shaq during the whole back-and-forth.
“JaVale works extremely hard. He has come in here and done so much for us. He only wants to be respected just like everyone else,” Durant said.
“I understand Shaq works for a company that wants him to do that kind of stuff, to make fun of players when it’s cool and funny. But when you just keep doing it time and time again, for no reason, and then the guy actually disagrees with you, then you threaten him?”
“I didn’t know cops could threaten civilians like that. It’s definitely childish, but that’s what they want from these stars and these retired players, is to feud with the guys playing now and make arguments. If I was JaVale I’d feel the same way. It’s childish.”
O’Neal originally tweeted to Durant to mind his business, but decided to go all in just before Thursday’s edition of Inside The NBA.
“KD doesn’t have G-14 classification,” O’Neal told The Crossover’s Ben Golliver hours before filming Thursday’s edition of Inside the NBA. “He can’t talk to me like that. He may think he does, and he’s sticking up for his teammate. He’s a great player, but you ain’t in the club yet. You’re on the outside in line with (Charles) Barkley, (Karl) Malone, and (John) Stockton. You’re not in the club with me and those (championship) guys. That’s why I tweeted him, ‘Mind ya business.'”
When LeBron called out Barkley a few weeks ago and stated he was a ‘hater,’ Shaq didn’t mind because James has proven himself many times in the NBA Finals.
“LeBron has a lot of clearance because he’s won championships,” O’Neal added. “But when a guy who hasn’t won championships makes comments, you say, ‘How do you know?’ … (Durant) was just trying to stick up for his teammate. If you read into what he said, none of his sh– made sense. Well, actually some of it made sense. He said I was strong and I bullied people. Of course, that’s exactly what I did. I’m not going to go shoot jumpers and do all of that.
“Just put it this way: The league is soft and these guys are sensitive, period. I was sensitive (as a player) too but I never went back at (older players). Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain never said sh– to (support) me. Did I cry about It? No. Kareem said in the paper one time, when they asked him, ‘Shaq is doing great, he has numbers similar to yours, what do you think?’ His response was, ‘Well, he hasn’t won a championship yet.’ I could have gone back at him, but I didn’t. I sucked it up like a real man and was like, ‘OK, watch this.’ A lot of guys, these days, when you say anything about them they start whimpering and crying.”