Shaquille O’Neal and Robert Horry Laud Giannis Antetokounmpo for Not Joining Super Teams: “He Said I Ain’t Friends With Nobody”

Published 12/31/2021, 9:00 AM EST
Dec 30, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) shoots the ball in the second half against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports


Robert Horry and Shaquille O’Neal think Giannis Antetokounmpo is a unique player in the modern NBA era. Robert Horry earned his nickname, Big Shot Rob from his clutch shots throughout his glory-studded NBA career. It might be far-fetched to say he was on the right teams at the right time, but he certainly played his own crucial role in his team’s success. His most successful run was with the Lakers where he won three championships. His trio with Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant dominated the NBA and led the Lakers to a three-peat.

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Therefore, if there’s anyone who knows what needs to be done to win NBA championships, it’s Horry. Giannis Antetokounmpo who won the Finals MVP last season led the currently reigning NBA champions. In their recent conversation on the Big Shot Bob Pod, Horry and Shaq were discussing why they are impressed with Giannis’s achievements.

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Robert Horry and Shaquille O’Neal praise Giannis Antetokounmpo

During their conversation on the latest episode of the Big Shot Bob Pod, Horry and O’Neal gave a shout-out to Giannis. Horry said, “The one thing I respect about Giannis is he said ‘I ain’t friends with nobody’ you know, I wanna do one thing and go out and win. So I respect his championship, I respect it.” to which O’Neal agreed. Further, Horry took a dig at Giannis’ head coach, “If he’s able to do it again, I’m his biggest fan. But he just needs a better coach than Bud.” 

Dec 30, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) and forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) celebrate a three point shot in the second half against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

This was not the first time, Horry expressed his disapproval of coach Budenholzer. Even in July when he appeared on The Jump, and expressed his disapproval of the Bucks Coach. He said, “I still want to sit back and wait because you know that path that they had was a hard path but it was a path of least resistance. So I got to wait because he still hasn’t showed me enough to say he’s going to get this extension.”

What does this mean for the Bucks?

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Horry’s main point was to say that Giannis did not leave to build a super team. He stayed loyal, trusted the process, worked hard, and yielded the results on his own. Whereas it is a common narrative that the teams that orchestrated trades to intentionally form super teams ruined basketball.

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While Giannis is playing in a generation of super teams, he followed the conventional road to success sped up only by hard work. Therefore, Horry and O’Neal have some extra respect for Giannis Antetokounmpo and his championship ring.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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