Shaq Vs. McGee: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors Rally Behind JaVale

Kevin Durant With JaVale McGee Supporting Teammates From The Warriors Bench.

Shaq ribbing JaVale McGee on national television has gone on for years, and the Golden State Warriors big man decided he has had enough and let O’Neal know, via Twitter, that he will have none of it anymore. Kevin Durant, Steve Kerr, and the whole Warriors team are taking sides, and naturally they are standing up for their mate.

The mess all started Thursday night after Shaq showed a Doctor Strange parody video on “Shaqtin’ a Fool,” featuring the basketball blunders committed by JaVale McGee throughout his career. It all went downhill from there with an ensuing Twitter feud between the two bigs, the Golden State Warriors backing McGee, O’Neal responding yet again and never backing down, and, now, the Golden State Warriors are reportedly calling Turner Sports’ attention to the matter.

Shaq With His Turner Sports Co-Hosts

O’Neal, via Inside The NBA‘s weekly segment on TNT, has constantly poked fun at JaVale McGee more than any other player, making the Warriors’ center the biggest laughingstock on the show. But, JaVale McGee reached his boiling point and stuck it to Shaq via his social media account after the Golden State Warriors’ game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday.

JaVale McGee reminded Shaq that he’s now a grown person and won’t stay silent for long. Shaq fired back at him, referring to him as a “bum” and threatening him to “smack the s**t out” of his “bum a**.”

According to ESPN’s sources, JaVale McGee’s team, the Golden State Warriors, have expressed concern, and is now seeking the intervention of Turner Sports to bring to light the issue involving Shaquille O’Neal and his coverage of JaVale McGee on the show.

The Warriors fear that the “Shaqtin’ a Fool” segment hosted by Shaq could be damaging the image of McGee with its regular attacks on the player. Turner Sports has confirmed that the Warriors did speak with them regarding the matter.

And the sentiment of McGee’s team is echoed by no less than Golden State Warriors’ head coach Steve Kerr, who incidentally had a stint as a TNT broadcaster himself before helming the NBA team.

“JaVale has been fantastic for us as a player, as a teammate, fantastic guy,” Kerr told the media after the Warriors’ practice on Friday. “You think about JaVale’s career where you’re in this position where someone on national TV is making fun of you night after night. It’s not the greatest thing for your reputation.”

The 51-year-old Kerr added that he gets where JaVale McGee’s frustration is coming from. He said that he himself had a preconceived notion of his center before and found it to be untrue when he got to work with McGee, whom he called a real professional.

Kevin Durant and JaVale McGee Watching On The Sidelines

Warriors’ superstar Kevin Durant also came to his teammate’s defense. He seconded Kerr on the potential adverse effect of Shaq’s constant ridiculing of JaVale McGee. He even called it childish and cited Shaq’s own flaws and limitations as a player.

Durant said that while he understands that it’s fun at times, and Shaq is just doing it as part of his job, it turns ugly when you pick on someone and do it time and again. He also expressed his dismay over Shaq’s words threatening JaVale McGee, and believes that it’s uncalled for for the Hall of Famer to say that, especially because Shaq was sworn in as Clayton County sheriff’s deputy in Georgia back in 2016, and is also a reserve police officer in Florida.

“I didn’t know cops could threaten civilians like that,” Durant said. “It’s definitely childish.”

Kevin Durant also cited the shortcomings of Shaq as a basketball player. He said that the retired NBA player was not a good free throw shooter, even throwing airballs on multiple occasions, and did not have the range to shoot outside. He also threw some compliments to JaVale McGee and said that he was happy the Warriors’ center has finally stood up for himself.

“JaVale works extremely hard, has come in here and done extremely well as a player,” the Golden State Warriors forward added. “He only wants to be respected like anybody else.”

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