JaVale McGee Unloads Rage On Shaquille O’Neal Using Michael Jordan Example

Published 09/16/2021, 11:45 AM EDT
OAKLAND, USA – JANUARY 10: JaVale McGee (2nd R) of Golden State Warriors is seen during the national anthem ahead of the NBA basketball game between LA Clippers and Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena in Oakland, United States on January 10, 2018. (Photo by Joel Angel Juarez/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)


For those who follow basketball entities off the court and have been for the past few years, know that Shaquille O’Neal and JaVale McGee have had a very bitter relationship. After Shaquille O’Neal retired from the game and transformed his career into a media personality, McGee bore the brunt of it the most. On Shaq’s TNT segment, ‘Shaqtin a Fool’, McGee was criticized beyond limit.

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So much that both of their mothers had to step in to put an end to it. And McGee thinks, even a player like Michael Jordan would have had his reputation in shambles if he was made fun of on the show.

JaVale McGee gives Michael Jordan’s example

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‘Shaqtin a Fool’, a part of Inside the NBA, has received plenty of criticism for what it focuses on. They showcase players bloopers, and unfortunately, McGee has been targeted more often than others. This, of course, made McGee very upset. In fact, the two even engaged in a war of words on Twitter, sparking a rivalry that is still talked about even today.

Finally, McGee opened up about what he felt during this entire incident. He even explained it in reference to Michael Jordan and said, “You can make a low-light of Jordan right now. If you’ve never seen his highlight, you would think he was the worst player in the world. I mean it was definitely a down spiral, ever since I went on that, ever since that show aired, of my career.”

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How McGee turned it around for himself

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Sep 22, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) dribbles the ball against Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee (7) during the first half of game three of the Western Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It’s true McGee made some bizarre mistakes that had people laughing at him and questioning his capabilities as well. However, all that changed when he signed with the Golden State Warriors. He turned that skepticism into reality, becoming a two-time champion with them.

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After that, his career picked up again. He was part of the Los Angeles Lakers team when they won a title in 2020, and this year, even became an Olympic gold medalist. So, say what you will, JaVale has proved himself and doesn’t deserve all the hate you got back then. He has just joined the Phoenix Suns, a team that went to the NBA Finals last season. If they can recognize his potential, so can the rest.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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