Shaquille O’Neal Bashes “Favorite Player” Stephen Curry: “Golden State Been Making a Lot of Excuses. They Need to Play Better, Draymond Green Needs to Play Better”

Published 01/15/2022, 9:18 AM EST
Dec 13, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the ball in the second half against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports


Shaquille O’Neal is one of the greatest players of all time and he won multiple championships in his NBA career. He currently works as a basketball analyst on NBA on TNT with Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, and Kenny Smith.

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It’s no secret that Stephen Curry is Shaq’s one of the favorite players and the Golden State Warriors are one of his favorite teams to watch. Recently on the show, when they were covering the Golden State Warriors vs Milwaukee Bucks. The Warriors lost the game 118-99, and they were comprehensively outplayed by the defending champions. At the half, the Warriors were down by 39 points, which was more than their score.

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When asked about the Warriors’ performance, Shaq didn’t mince his words. Shaquille O’Neal said “And you know, for Golden stay, we can make a lot of excuses, but we’re not. Listening, They’re not at full strength. They just need to play better, Steph needs to play better. They need to play better. Draymond controls a lot of that emotionally and physically with the team, but they’re not together.

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

He added, “We’re not going to make excuses for them. They just need to play better. And they will.”

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Bucks humiliate the Warriors

The Bucks took an early lead with Giannis dominating the interiors. They had a 16 point lead at the end of the first quarter and they just piled it on. At the end of the half, they had more than double the Warriors total. Giannis had a triple-double, and he led all scorers with 30 points. Khris Middleton had 23 while Bobby Portis had 20. The Warriors had a miserable shooting night as they shot less than 35% from the field. Curry had a rough night, and he ended the night with 12 points.

Dec 23, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates after a basket during the fourth quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

However, they bounced back strongly in their next game against the Chicago Bulls. Warriors will look to get Draymond in the lineup next game and will hope to continue their impressive form.

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Vishwesha Kumar

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Vishwesha Kumar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Holder of a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, Vishwesha has been writing content for about 3 years now. He has been following the NBA for nearly 10 years, since first starting off in the year 2012.

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