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The exchange began Saturday morning with Durant’s quote tweet about O’Neal not knowing Rui Hachimura, the ninth overall pick in the 2019 draft who was recently acquired by the Los Angeles Lakers in a trade with the Washington Wizards. “If you ain’t a top 10 player, I don’t know who you are,” Shaq said on “Inside the NBA.” “I’m not watching the Bullets or the Wizards.”  Durant responded by tweeting, “Shaquille doesn’t know ball?”
O’Neal — who like fellow Hall of Famer and TNT analyst Charles Barkley, is beloved more for his entertainment value than his astute NBA knowledge and analysis — went back at Durant hours later. “i don’t kno ball, but i kno how to brush my hair, or decide to cut it when i was going bald. love always THE BUS DRIVER,” O’Neal responded to a tweet by Durant’s company Boardroom.