Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski cited a source in reporting that O’Neal and Blanks engaged in a “blistering, expletive-laced confrontation in the coach’s office.”
Here is exactly what Wojnarowski reported:
The confrontation happened after interim coach Lindsey Hunter’s first practice and unfolded within earshot of several Suns players in the locker room, sources said. Initially, O’Neal had expressed disappointment that his veteran stature hadn’t dictated the front office turning to him for counsel in the recent coaching change, a league source told Y! Sports. When O’Neal kept challenging Blanks, the discussion started to become an argument and ultimately a screaming match.
The Suns and Alvin Gentry parted ways on Friday, and Hunter was later named as the interim head coach.
O’Neal, who is 34 and in his 17th season season in the league, called the report “false.” Here’s what he wrote on Twitter: