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#pounditWednesday, June 7, 2023

Shaq rips Kevin Durant in savage tweet

Nov 22, 2017; Paradise Island, BAHAMAS; NBA former player Shaquille O’Neal during the first half of the game between the North Carolina State Wolfpack and Arizona Wildcats in the 2017 Battle 4 Atlantis in Imperial Arena at the Atlantis Resort. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Shaquille O’Neal was a bit unnecessarily petty this weekend.

The retired Hall of Famer O’Neal went viral a few days ago for saying he had never heard of new Los Angeles Lakers forward Rui Hachimura, who came from the Washington Wizards. O’Neal’s reasoning was that he does not watch small-market NBA teams.

The comments were not too well-received, particularly since O’Neal is a paid basketball analyst and one of the more prominent voices in NBA media. One of those who reacted to O’Neal’s remarks was Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant, who tweeted in response, “Shaquille doesn’t know ball?”

That apparently bothered O’Neal, who fired back at Durant in a savage tweet of his own. O’Neal went after Durant over Durant’s thinning hair and made a reference to TNT co-host Charles Barkley’s comments that Durant was a “bus rider” (rather than a “bus driver”) for his championship victories.

“i don’t kno ball, but i kno how to brush my hair,or decide to cut it when i was going bald,” O’Neal wrote. “love always THE BUS DRIVER.”

Durant replied back to O’Neal, writing, “Damn, I got cooked for asking a simple question.”

The former MVP Durant really appears to have struck a nerve with O’Neal there. In addition to Durant (correctly) pointing out that O’Neal probably doesn’t know much about today’s NBA if he only follows the most popular teams, the two men have clashed in the media many times before.

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