Shaquille O’Neal fires back at Kevin Durant over trash talk
Shaquille O’Neal finally has fired back at Kevin Durant over criticism levied at him by the Golden State Warriors superstar. And the NBA legend certainly didn’t pull any punches, saying Durant lacks the championship pedigree to judge him.
The burgeoning feud between the two stars started when Durant called out O’Neal for his threats on Warriors teammate JaVale McGee on Twitter. While O’Neal has long poked fun at McGee in his “Shaqtin’ a Fool” segments on TNT, things escalated dramatically of late.
Durant came to McGee’s defense, calling O’Neal’s conduct “definitely childish.” The Warriors star took it step further, saying O’Neal “didn’t have no skill” among other unflattering comments.
And now, two weeks later, O’Neal has finally fired back at Durant.
“KD doesn’t have G–14 Classification,” O’Neal told The Crossover, via CBS Sports. “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.’”
O’Neal also noted that LeBron James “has a lot of clearance because he’s won championships,” presumably referring to the Cavaliers superstar’s recent feud Charles Barkley. Although it’s interesting how Shaq called out his TNT colleague in his comments.
Regarding Durant’s personal attacks on his career and play, O’Neal said “none of his (expletive) made sense.”
Shaq also pointed out how players he looked up to, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain, took a similar tact with him before he won a championship. Still, O’Neal sounds exactly like other players from his generation — Barkley, for instance — who seem hellbent on not giving today’s players due credit while arrogantly placing themselves on a pedestal above the NBA’s new guard.