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So in your mind, was Shaq picking on you because you made an irregular amount of mistakes, or was he just being a jerk? JaVale McGee: I don’t know. I’m sure you can find the same amount of lowlights for Kobe, for Jordan, for anybody who’s an All-Star. But you keep showing just one person. And it got to the point where I’d miss a layup, then I’d be on the show. Like, people miss layups. Like, that’s not a thing. So it got to a point where it had to end. At one point everybody grows, and they have to speak up and defend themselves as a man.
After the Warriors’ JaVale McGee got into an intense feud with Shaq during the regular season, JaVale arrived at Game 1 of the NBA Finals in a Shaq hat. It’s either a troll move, or it means the two have made up. The latter seems unlikely, but it would be nice.
Did Shaq go too far with JaVale McGee? Ernie Johnson: The JaVale thing became a problem when this Twitter back and forth started. I texted Shaq in the middle of that and apparently I texted him after his mother had already texted him. I told him I said look man you’re in the Hall of Fame you don’t need to be doing this stuff. Twitter to me can be a great thing. If you use it in a positive way I think you can encourage people with that. But when it’s used for something like that it came down to it was two grown men acting like kids. Thankfully we’re able to put it behind us. Hopefully that’s all done.
Earlier this month, O’Neal told SI.com that Durant shouldn’t have intervened in the TNT commentator’s war of words with Warriors center JaVale McGee because Durant hasn’t yet won a championship. O’Neal argued that Durant “can’t talk to me like that” because he “ain’t in the club yet” and that the 2014 MVP was “outside in line with [Charles] Barkley, [Karl] Malone and [John] Stockton.” He added that Durant was representative of a “soft” NBA full of “sensitive” players.
“He said I can’t talk to him because I haven’t won a championship,” Durant told Simmons. “I can see right through that. Shaq feels validated in life, not just basketball, because he’s won a championship. … To say I can’t say anything to him about my teammate who you tried to bully for no reason? I can’t come to his defense because I haven’t won championships? [That] shows me your whole life is centered around [the fact that] you feel like you’re someone in this world because you won a championship. For me, it ain’t even about that.”
Kevin Durant: “If I have something to say, I’m going to say it. I feel like if you’re going to come at my teammate, I’m going to protect him. that’s what leaders are supposed to do. … Man, you’ve got flaws, too, and you’re just trying to pick on JaVale. Obviously, JaVale would never be Shaq. He’s trying out here like everybody else. I just try to have his back.”
While O’Neal’s initial response was to suggest on Twitter that Durant stay in his own lane, the four-time champion couldn’t help but return fire on Thursday, a few hours before he began filming Inside The NBA. “KD doesn’t have G–14 Classification,” O’Neal told The Crossover, referring to his oft-mentioned “unwritten” designation that applies to players who have won titles. “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.’”
“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 s— 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.”
Shaquille O’Neal’s longstanding feud with Warriors center JaVale McGee reached a boiling point last week when the two engaged in a heated Twitter exchange. ESPN also reported that the Warriors reached out to Turner Sports asking the network to ease off of its criticism of McGee. O’Neal addressed the situation on Thursday night, saying “I don’t have beef” and asserting “It didn’t get out of hand.”
“It didn’t get out of hand,” O’Neal said Thursday. “But my mother is someone who I love and respect, and she told me to stop it and don’t bring it up again. So I’m not gonna talk about it ever again. His name won’t come out of my mouth ever again.”
Before he could tweet JaVale McGee again or say something on TV past the point of no return – something that might begin, “Yo mama” – Shaquille O’Neal received a telephone call from straight up the chain of command. “I have orders from the top to leave it alone,” O’Neal said past midnight on Saturday. NBA commissioner Adam Silver? “No,” O’Neal said. “My mama”
Shaquille O’Neal: “Just say Shaq’s mom called him, told him, ‘Stop this silliness. Leave him alone.’ So that’s the end of the beef. You won’t be hearing about it from my side anymore. Mama has spoken.” Said Lucille O’Neal earlier Saturday evening from her Orlando, Florida, home, “It’s not funny anymore, seeing the things they’re saying to each other. They need to squash this and move on.”
McGee’s mama called later to essentially say: Not so fast. “He cyberbullied my son,” Pamela McGee said in an emotional, 30-minute conversation. “Totally *inappropriate. Shaquille needs to lose his job or be suspended. The NBA needs to make a stand.”
The Golden State Warriors have reached out to Turner Sports to discuss Shaquille O’Neal’s ongoing coverage of center JaVale McGee, league sources told ESPN.
Durant part 1 on McGee: “JaVale works extremely hard, has come in here and done extremely well as a player. He only wants to be respected like anybody else. I understand that Shaq works for a company that wants him to do that type of stuff, make fun of players. It’s cool, it’s funny, but when you keep doing it time and time and time again and a guy actually disagrees with you and 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 guy who’s playing now and make arguments and disagreements. If I was JaVale, I’d feel the same way. It’s childish.”
Durant part 2, asked whether it’s affected McGee’s career: “It has. It has. Shaq wants to make a joke about it. But if it was him in that position, he’d feel the same way. We wouldn’t call him a bum and all this because he’s such a great player obviously. But still, everybody can’t be Shaq. He’s trying to make his money and enjoy the game of basketball and the perception of him now is that he’s a dumb player because he makes mistakes out there on the court. Shaq was a sh**** free throw shooter, he missed dunks, he airballed free throws, he couldn’t shoot outside the paint. He was bigger than everyone, didn’t have no skill, bigger and stronger than everyone. Still a great player, but you had your flaws as a player and you played on five or six teams, too. So it’s not like he’s just some perfect center. You had your flaws, too. I didn’t know cops could go on Twitter and threaten civilians like that. I’m glad JaVale challenged him.”
Durant part 3 on McGee: “You don’t see when he dunks on somebody, when he blocks a shot in the stands, when he catches a lob, when he beats another big man down the court and gets a reverse layup. Because they don’t put that on Twitter. The perception of him is that he’s dumb. And once you get labeled something in this league, it’s hard to shake it. But I’m sure he’s changing some people’s minds about what he’s doing as a player because he’s playing so well. It’s not just because he’s on a good team. You still got to put the work in. He’s out there catching those lobs, getting double-doubles, changing the game for us. He’s doing that because he put the work in, so respect that man.”
Shaquille O’Neal: @Kevin Durant mind yo business this ain’t for you. I understand u sticking up for your teammate that’s cool but your boy @JaValeMcGee34 is still a bum, he started it I’m a finish it
Kerr on McGee: “JaVale has been fantastic for us as a player, as a teammate, fantastic guy. He’s funny, he’s fun to be around, he does his job. He’s a total pro. I don’t blame him for being frustrated. Shaq has been picking on him for years and years and years and JaVale, rightfully so, is frustrated. It never ends. It’s one thing to have a little fun. But I think he can go a little over the top. You think about JaVale’s career where you’re in this position where someone on national TV is making fun of you night after night. It’s not the greatest thing for your reputation. I can tell you that I had a preconceived notion of JaVale before I got here that turned out to be false. A lot of that is what goes on with Shaqtin’ A Fool. It’s unfortunate. It’s kind of the way this whole thing has played out. It’s too bad.”
Just when you thought all was well and rapper Lil B and his famed “Based God’s curse” was no more, this comes in on Friday: Lil: The BasedGod is against violence and negativity…. shaq you have been warned…. right now James harden only one with curse – Lil B Two things to note here: The first is that he’s jumping in to warn Shaquille O’Neal about the feud with Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee that went from heated to all-out war overnight over Shaqtin’ a Fool. Seems like he’s siding with McGee and implying he’ll curse the Hall of Famer. The second is … Houston Rockets guard James Harden is still cursed!?!? This goes back to 2015, when Harden did Lil B’s cooking dance.
Shaquille O’Neal: @JaValeMcGee34 now since you on a good team u wanna act like you a player now stop it u will only be remembered for shaqtin a fool #bumass… and JaVale was all too eager to engage: Javale McGee: Oh we threatening people now? Kick rocks you old bastard… you ain’t gone do sh** !!! And that’s on my mama… stick to cooning!
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