Shaquille O’Neal Rips Kevin Durant, LeBron James Super Teams: ”I Would’ve Played With Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon”

Published 12/31/2021, 10:11 AM EST
NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 06: Shaquille O’Neal appears to promote “Toys for Tots” during the AOL BUILD Series at AOL HQ on December 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)


Shaquille O’Neal made a special appearance on the Big Shot Bob podcast. In the podcast, Robert Horry, Richard Jefferson, and Shaq talked about the league and a few other topics. When asked about Kevin Durant and LeBron James, Shaq had a lot to say.

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In usual Shaquille O’Neal fashion, he had a very sarcastic and witty take on LeBron and Durant joining super teams.

Shaquille O’Neal talks about ‘Super Teams’

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Shaq is not the person who says things indirectly. He held nothing back when asked about LeBron James and Kevin Durant and their super teams during the podcast.

Shaquille O’Neal said, “The words I hear are it’s a new era. Trust me, if I knew it was okay to team up, I would’ve gone and played with Hakeem Olajuwon. I would’ve gone and played with Jordan every time they beat us.

Shaq has mentioned how he would never join a super team, unlike the stars of today. On Jimmy Kimmel Live, Shaq had talked about super teams and what he thinks about them.

I’m from the era where guys wanted to compete and beat each other, so I would wait and see who’s teaming up and doing that and I would go on a team that needs a superstar, and I’d teach them guys how to beat the super teams,Shaq said on the show.

Shaq’s rivalry with Michael Jordan

Shaquille O’Neal and Michael Jordan are two of the most iconic players to ever grace the game. The two shared a very interesting rivalry. As mentioned by Shaq himself in the Full Send Podcast, he takes pride in being the last person to beat Michael Jordan.

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I take pride in being the last guy to beat Michael Jordan in a playoff situation.

Although the two were not on the best of terms, they had respect for one another. Michael Jordan had once mentioned how he was intimidated by Shaquille O’Neal. While talking to SLAM Magazine, Jordan said, “When was the last time that I was intimidated in basketball? When I first saw Shaquille, how big he is. I mean, that was a short intimidation factor, but I just couldn’t fathom how big he was.”

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Who do you think will win in a one-on-one matchup between Shaquille O’Neal and Michael Jordan? Let us know in the comments below.

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Abhinava Ghosh

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Abhinava is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication. Abhinava has been following NBA for the past 6 years and is a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry.

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