Shaquille O’Neal is a implausible character and a legend not solely of the NBA, but additionally of basketball on the whole.
That does not imply, nevertheless, that each phrase he speaks is gospel, one thing Jazz star Donovan Mitchell pointedly reminded him of early Friday.
After Utah’s 129-118 win over New Orleans — a recreation during which Mitchell scored 36 factors on 11-of-18 taking pictures (6-of-8 from 3), 5 assists and 7 rebounds — Shaq revealed that he mentioned Mittchell “did not have what it takes to get to that subsequent stage.” Within the subsequent breath, he mentioned he needed him to listen to that criticism, and requested him for a response.
Mentioned Mitchell: “Aight.” Then, after a second of silence: “That is it.”
The look on Shaq’s face as Mitchell refused to humor him solely makes the interview that a lot better. To his credit score, Mitchell added just a little extra within the 29-second clip, saying he’d heard the identical factor since he was a rookie in 2017-18 and that he’d preserve doing what he was doing.
That is not the one time Shaq has been roasted not too long ago. Friday’s interplay with Mitchell got here simply over every week after Houston’s Christian Wooden known as Shaq an off-the-cuff as a result of he wasn’t “acquainted with your recreation.”
A few humbling moments for Shaq, however one thing tells us “The Huge Aristotle” will pull by — even after Twitter roundly roasted him following his remarks:
No disrespect to Shaq however he makes all these calls for on younger gamers to get higher however not one time have I ever seen him prolong the olive department and provide to assist a man work on their recreation. It’s at all times “I anticipate domination (or some unrealistic stat line)”
— The Nameless No person (@el_budget) January 22, 2021
Shaq’s confrontational schtick apart, the larger concern is the NBA cultivating an setting the place each speaking head’s persona is Poisonous Boomer
— Ben Detrick (@bdetrick) January 22, 2021
if former gamers on TV confirmed us that they had been paying shut consideration, cited particular areas of the sport the place a star might develop & packaged these challenges/criticisms within the type of a considerate query and so on, thatd be cool
the crudeness & timing of what shaq did was ridiculous
— J. Kyle Mann (@jkylemann) January 22, 2021