JaVale McGee Opens Up on How Shaquille O’Neal’s Show Affected His Career

Published 09/15/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 14: Professional basketball player and NBA sports analyst, Shaquille O’Neal ESPN Gala: ’30 For 30: This Magic Moment’ Screening during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theatre on April 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)


Four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal played for six different teams in his NBA career. However, he won his NBA title with the Lakers and the Heat. Shaq became famous as a media personality after his retirement and tried his luck in the music and television industry as well. Shaq has hosted several shows and appeared on some major shows in the US.

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However, one of his shows, Shaqtin’ a Fool, has faced a lot of criticism. Shaqtin’ a Fool is a weekly segment of ‘Inside the NBA’ show on TNT. This weekly segment aired JaVale McGee’s blooper videos on several occasions, which ended up being something that upset McGee.

JaVale recently opened up on how that show affected his career.

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Jan 12, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center JaVale McGee (6) drives against Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) in the first quarter at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

JaVale McGee opens up on how Shaquille O’Neal affected his career through ‘Shaqtin’ a Fool’

JaVale McGee recently appeared in the ‘Club Shay Shay’ show on YouTube and talked about his playing career. During the show, Shannon Sharpe asked JaVale if he tried to have a conversation with Shaquille O’Neal about the incident. To this, JaVale said that they’ve never had a conversation.

“The thing about that whole Shaqtin’ a Fool era of when I was on there is I didn’t realize what it was doing to my career until I got started to move on to other teams,” JaVale McGee said.

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“And I would talk to other coaches and middle of the year they’d be like ‘I’ve always seen that Shaqtin’ a Fool stuff and had a different mental review and I never knew like you’re a smart kid. You’re extremely vocal, you’re a great basketball player.’

“It was slowly chipping away at my reputation. As a young 24-year-old athletic basketball player, young, excited, it was just slowly chipping away.’

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JaVale was with Golden State Warriors in 2017 and that’s when he got into a Twitter feud with Shaq. However, his teammate at that time, Kevin Durant, and coach Steve Kerr, supported him on this incident. In fact, in 2018, Steve Kerr said that he had a ‘preconceived notion’ regarding JaVale, and that was ‘false’. JaVale has recently signed with Phoenix Suns after his second stint with Denver Nuggets last season.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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