The Shaquille O'Neal-Javale McGee feud went nuclear on Thursday night, with an escalating Twitter argument that resulted in physical threats. McGee was tired of being a laughingstock on the "Shaqtin' a Fool" segment on "NBA on TNT" and things devolved from there.
Shaq is no stranger to beef, having taken part in many disagreements over the years. Here are 11 of his biggest feuds, ranked.
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Shaq vs. Steve Nash
Shaq was (and is) upset that Steve Nash won the 2004/05 MVP over him, saying Nash was a "sympathy MVP" and he was truly the one who deserved to win. Shaq is right, in this case, and Nash never really responded, so this feud didn't ever get off the ground like some of the others.
Shaq vs. Brad Miller
This could be categorized as much as "on-court battles" as "feud," but the amount of times these guys played each other, especially in heated playoff games, led to a real dislike and a lot of heated moments.
Shaq's first great teammate, and the first great teammate with whom things broke down. It wasn't just the rising egos of the two stars that pushed Shaq to make the move to Los Angeles, but it certainly helped.
This one felt a little contrived, but when two of the 25 best players to ever play the game get into beef, it's a story. After O'Neal posted on Instagram that the best Lakers team of all time would beat the best Bulls team of all time "by 50," Pippen answered back gamely.
Then Shaq took it to another level, saying he was Batman and Pippen was Robin, and that Ron Harper and Steve Kerr deserved more credit. (Which is low, by the way.) They eventually patched things up.
Shaq vs. The City of Orlando
When O'Neal departed Orlando for the Lakers, he couldn't just leave it at that, calling the city "a dried-up little pond" as he left in 1996 free agency. Orlando never really forgave him.
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Shaq vs. Javale McGee
I'm still not ready to rank this higher than #6 because it doesn't feel truly personal (I'm not sure the two have interacted for more than a minute or two in real life) but it is certainly getting heated.
McGee is tired of being a punchline for Shaq on his TV show, and now that he's a productive member of the best team in the league, it seems like he should be getting slightly more respect. Shaq is not here to give it to him.
Shaq vs. Phil Jackson
This feud has ebbed and flowed over the years, with seeming peace marked every once in a while by spats, seemingly out of nowhere. When Jackson wrote about how hard it was to make O'Neal practice, Shaq fired back by calling him "Benedict Arnold." Jackson may seem zen at times, but he seems to believe deep down that O'Neal's inability to get along with Kobe Bryant (more on that to come) probably cost him another ring or two.
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Shaq vs. The Free Throw Line
Sorry. I couldn't resist.
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Shaq vs. Pat Riley
After Riley traded O'Neal to the Phoenix Suns, Shaq took a flamethrower to the organization, calling out the Heat medical staff and saying that Riley was responsible for the Heat's downfall by surrounding him with mediocre players.
Riley's response: "It's just sad."
Shaq vs. Dwight Howard
The way the two players' careers have been similar would make you think they find some common ground, but O'Neal seems to detest that any comparison would be made between the two. O'Neal constantly has pointed out that he's the real Superman, and has lambasted Howard for being unable to win a ring at every chance he can get.
It all came to a head when the "NBA on TNT" crew brought on Dwight Howard for an interview, they had him sit in Shaq's usual seat, which seemed to truly rub Shaq the wrong way, and led to a series of angry tweets. Howard has mostly taken the high road, but this long-simmering feud feels weird and personal, and always has.
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Shaq vs. Kobe
The beef to end all beefs. The feud that broke up a dynasty.
Shaq and Kobe have now (for the most part) patched things up, but this feud had everything. The tearing down of one of the great NBA teams of all time, words in private, words in the press, supposed separations at practice, diss tracks (!), you name it. It's one of the great what-ifs of basketball history -- how many titles do the early aughts Lakers win if the two can get along?
What is certain: It is the No. 1 Shaq feud of all time.