Warriors big man JaVale McGee has been a frequent target of Shaquille O’Neal’s for some of the comical errors he’s made on the court, but things got heated between the two as they exchanged insults — and threats — on Twitter overnight.
A day later at shootaround, both Warriors teammate Kevin Durant and coach Steve Kerr came to McGee’s defense. Golden State’s head coach remained diplomatic, but Durant couldn’t resist taking some shots at Shaq while making his remarks.
Kevin Durant comes to JaVale McGee's defense vs Shaq: "I didn't know cops could threaten civilians like that" pic.twitter.com/gsx79h04c8
“I understand Shaq works for a company that wants him to do that type of stuff, make fun of the players,” Durant said. “It’s cool and funny, but when you just keep doing it time and time and time again for no reason — and then the guy actually disagrees with you and you threaten him? I didn’t know cops could threaten civilians like that.”
Durant, of course, was making reference to the fact that O’Neal has been sworn in as a deputy or reserve police officer in multiple cities across the U.S. And then he began to unleash some personal attacks on the big man.
“Shaq was a s***** free-throw shooter,” Durant said. “He missed dunks. He air-balled free throws. He couldn’t shoot outside the paint. He’s bigger than everybody, he didn’t have no skill. But he was bigger and stronger than everybody else. He’s still a great player, but you had your flaws, too, as a player. And he played on five or six teams, too. So it’s not like he was this perfect center. You had your flaws, too.”
It’s understandable that McGee’s teammates would stick up for him in this way, though it’ll be interesting to see whether Durant’s comments end up adding more fuel to the fire — especially considering the fact that Shaq has a weekly national television platform to essentially say whatever he wants.