Shaquille O’Neal: “If You Don’t Double or Triple Me Right Away, You’re Showing Disrespect”

Published 12/22/2021, 8:00 AM EST
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV – JULY 02: Shaquille O’Neal (L) and Charles Barkley attend The Greenbrier for the gala opening of the Casino Club on July 2, 2010 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage for The Greenbrier)


The segment titled “Inside the NBA”, features Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley, and Kenny Smith. The trio appeared on an episode of The Reel. In the course of this show, the three superstars had a lively conversation which includes reactions to some of their most memorable highlights, their experience in the NBA, and the future of the world of basketball.

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These three players contributed majorly to the NBA becoming a global phenomenon. They also defined the 90s in the world of basketball.

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Shaquille O’Neal says Larry Johnson should have come down and doubled him!

Their conversation started with O’ Neal describing a match from 1999. The interviewer referred to it as a most disrespectful clip. O’Neal explained what happened in the clip:

The Knicks were always the…in our era, they were always the tough team right!..so I always said if you don’t double or triple me right away you’re showing disrespect“.

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In between, Barkley mentioned that in that game they threw the ball at O’Neal.  The latter continued:

So Kenny you can tell, the first dribble I took wasn’t a power drill it was a dribble to get the defense to commit and I’m like oh you’re not coming so now that I got momentum I’m going back now I’ve just turned drop stepping like oh you saw it right so now you’re not going to double me, get off me, little fella”.

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Moreover, he said that Larry Johnson should have come down and doubled O’Neal, and that’s all he wants to say.

These players demonstrated their best and worst sides, both on and off the court. The video includes many clips of their most memorable dunks and shots. By putting together a recorded play to inspire others, we see the players explaining the story behind each clip.

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Additionally, they talked about, popular fights, disagreements, and epic on-court moments during their matches. Share your thoughts on this epic journey of legendary players by listening to their perspectives on the game.

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Anshika Rai

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Anshika Rai is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. She is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Anshika has been following NBA for many years now.

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