Shaquille O’Neal and Kevin Durant are two of the most active NBA stars on social media. Coming from different generations, these two have found a way to stay relevant not only for their jobs within the NBA world but for the entertaining things they share online.
They love to engage in good debates, sometimes with fans or other players, always giving interesting inputs. Recently, their paths crossed, and we learned what they think about a potential duel between Shaq’s incredible Los Angeles Lakers and KD’s memorable Golden State Warriors.
Talking with famous MMA reporter Ariel Helwani, Shaq claimed that his three-peat Lakers would beat the Chicago Bulls of Michael Jordan in both teams’ primes.
“Of course. Yes. Easily,” the four-time NBA champion stated.
He also talked about the Warriors, saying that he would have dominated Stephen Curry every time he tried to go to the basket.
“We would’ve let Stephen Curry drive to the basket, and I would have laid his little ass out a couple of times. Period,” O’Neal said on The Frank Caliendo Podcast.
Well, KD had something to say about it and claimed that if Shaq had to guard the Warriors’ pick and roll, he would have had some trouble.
“Bring Shaq up in that pick and roll and test them hips. Pause,” KD commented on an ESPN post.
O’Neal wouldn’t stay quiet and replied to the 2x NBA champion, saying that his job was to be unstoppable, not to stop people.
“… I [don’t] have to stop anyone, I have to be stopped, which is impossible to do,” O’Neal said. “Well it was, I’m old now.”
This debate has been around for a while now. The 2017 Golden State Warriors are considered one of the greatest playoffs teams of all time, just like the Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant-led Lakers and the Chicago Bulls of the 90s. Everybody has a different opinion on this, including players on both teams.