Shaquille O’Neal Names LeBron James & Steph Curry As the Only Two Players Who’ve Managed to Reach His Greatness in NBA

Published 01/28/2021, 12:30 PM EST
Jan 18, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) defends Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the second quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


Recently NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal received a lot of flak from NBA fans for criticizing young players. A few days back, he also criticized Utah Jazz’s, Donovan Mitchell. Many superstars such as LeBron James and Kevin Durant came forward to defend him following that altercation.

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It is true that Shaq might have been a bit too extreme with the criticism. The Diesel still believes he did nothing wrong. In fact, he even posted on his Instagram account to clear the air over his comments a few days ago.

Shaq uses example of LeBron James and Steph to defend his criticism of NBA players

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Jan 18, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) is sandwiched between Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder (17) during the third quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Following Shaq’s comments on Mitchell’s performance, many accused O’Neal of knowing nothing about greatness. Shaq replied, “I know what greatness is. Ain’t nobody playing done what I’ve done besides LeBron  [James] and Steph Curry. I have G14 classification to say what I say. …You betta Google me.”

Shaq took to Instagram to defend his recent criticism of NBA players. pic.twitter.com/HZBhqnNPoS

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 27, 2021

As Shaq mentioned, he played with some of the best players the league has ever seen. From Kobe Bryant to LeBron James, he has been teammates with a plethora of amazing superstars during his glorious career.

It is only natural for him to compare the current players with the players he once played with. However, criticizing an athlete who is in sensational form is what infuriated NBA fans. Mitchell has led the Jazz to a league-best 14-4 record so far.

Moreover, the Jazz are unbeaten in the last 10 games! As of now, they are looking to be in the perfect position to make a deep playoff run.

Can NBA fans expect a sensational matchup between the Lakers and the Warriors?

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Speaking of the playoffs, the two players that Shaq mentioned in his comments – LeBron James and Steph Curry – might face off against each other in the postseason.

The Lakers are already on a path to clinch a top seed in the West, and now the Warriors are improving as well. It will be exciting to witness two of the best players of this generation go head to head once again.

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But will this matchup actually happen? That remains one of the biggest questions right now.

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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