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Kevin Durant, LeBron James Offer Honest Reactions To Shaq Situation

Kevin Durant, LeBron James Offer Honest Reactions To Shaq Situation

Shaquille O’Neal made headlines on Thursday night after an egregiously awkward interview with Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell.

After his team secured a solid 129-118 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans, Mitchell stepped up to do an interview with the TNT crew.

This is the question he was greeted with from O’Neal: “I said tonight that you are one of my favorite players, but you don’t have what it takes to get to the next level,” he began. “I said it on purpose because I wanted you to hear it. What do you have to say about that?”

A befuddled Mitchell clearly didn’t know what to do with that.

“Alright. … That’s it,” he replied.

After the interview went viral, Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets and LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers took to Instagram to address what had transpired.

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It’s not hard to see why people took issue with not only the way O’Neal presented his question, but also the substance of it.

Mitchell is currently having the best year of his career, averaging 24.3 points and shooting over 40 percent from beyond the arc. Beyond that, the Jazz are 11-4 and in second place behind the Lakers in the Western Conference. What more should he be doing?

O’Neal is an interesting guy. He is an objectively amazing legend of the game, but his off-the-court behavior leaves a lot to be desired. This was clear when a series of explicit text messages came out between him and a special lady friend, and when he talked about policing his daughters’ dating habits, and when he offered his most recent commentary on Dwight Howard.

Regardless of how you feel about him, O’Neal’s act is clearly wearing thin with multiple people – including members of the NBA family. Will there ultimately be any repercussions? Time will tell.

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Jennifer Withers Hoey

Jennifer Withers Hoey is a former Business Development Manager who transitioned to writing about sports. With valuable connections all over the West Coast, she has used those contacts to break some of the most interesting stories pertaining to the Portland Trail Blazers, Oregon Ducks, LA Lakers, LA Clippers, Seattle Supersonics (RIP), and more.

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