Shaquille O’Neal Destroys Brooklyn Nets for Kyrie Irving Return: “You’re in the First Place Dummies”

Published 12/24/2021, 10:00 AM EST
Apr 5, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) gestures to fans before a game against the New York Knicks at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports


Kyrie Irving has become used to doing things at his own whim, but what he did this time really pissed off many people. If there is one person you don’t want on your bad side, that is Shaquille O’Neal. Ever since Irving refused to abide by the league’s health and safety protocols and decided to sit the season out, Shaq has been adamant that the Brooklyn Nets should be getting rid of him.

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However, now that the Nets have made a decision to bring him back as a part-time player who will only play road games, Shaq is even more furious than before.

Shaquille O’Neal bashes Brooklyn Nets for turning on their own decision

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When the Nets star opted out from playing this season, fans were convinced that this team would struggle. The way Kevin Durant led the roster through all the issues, Brooklyn has found itself at the top of the Eastern Conference with a 21-9 record.

However, with the outbreak engulfing the world, as well as the league, the Brooklyn Nets had too many players entering the health and safety protocols.

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)

So, they brought Kyrie Irving back just to play the road games. Although before he could return, he was also sidelined because of the protocols, Shaq believes that they did not need the point guard for their continued success. In his podcast, he stated, “I hate when people make a big stand about what they gonna do. ‘Oh, Kyrie if you not all in don’t even come.”

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“The Brooklyn Nets organization, ‘oh if you won’t be all in, blah blah blah blah blah, don’t even come around. Now, since the covid come up and a couple of guys are out, oh, we’ll let you play Mr. Kyrie. You can do this Kyrie, you can do that Kyrie. I don’t respect that. They panicked for no reason. They sound like they are No. 7 in the league. You in first place, dummies. You don’t need him,” he explained.

Will Kyrie Irving really be of any help?

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It’s true that the Nets have managed to survive, actually thrive, even without Irving. However, it’s also true that the load on Durant’s shoulder was getting too much. The number of minutes he was playing for had many people worried.

With that in mind, the organization needed any other player who could take over and who’s better than Kyrie?

May 6, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) and Brooklyn Nets forward Blake Griffin (2) and Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) react during the first half against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Although he will only play some games, his presence will definitely prove to be a big advantage. If James Harden also returns in better form, the trio could wreak havoc the way it was expected of them when they first came together.

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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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