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2 years ago via ESPN

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.

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.
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