JaVale couldn’t stop it. His teammates, coach and mom couldn’t stop it. But the Shaq and JaVale Mcgee war is over and it’s because Shaq’s mom stopped it.
During Thursday’s ‘Inside the NBA’ episode, Shaq said JaVale’s name will never come out of his mouth again because Momma O’Neal told him to end the overblown battle, which is being labeled Shaq vs JaVale when it’s really a war between TNT/Media and today’s generation of players in a PC society. Although Shaq is taking a bullet for the show and TNT, he was far from apologetic while discussing it.
“We’ve been doing Shaqtin’ a Fool for five years. Everybody is on Shaqtin’ a Fool. It’s one of the funniest shows in the world. You mess up, you’re on it. We do it. We don’t pick on people. We don’t try to ruin people’s careers. If I was a player, and I was so worried about being on Shaqtin’ a Fool, I wouldn’t mess up.”
Shaq then gave a shout out to another Shaqtin’ regular and 2015 Shaqtin’ MVP Otto Porter.
“Shout out to Otto Porter. We used to ride him a lot too. What did he do? Work on his game and became the number one 3-point shooter in the league. Shout out to Otto Porter for not being sensitive.”
Kenny Smith then explained why being on Shaqtin doesn’t “make you a bad player” and if any GM or coach doesn’t play a player because of the show then that guy is probably going to be fired.
Charles Barkley also put in his amusing two cents about the incident.
“We are just trying to have fun. This is nothing personal. I was disappointed that he overreacted. First of all, you got to be able to laugh at yourself. Then Kevin Durant took it to another level. Shouldn’t have. Steve Kerr did the same thing. We are just trying to have fun on television.”
What I really want to see now is JaVale McGee do something that clearly belongs on the show and if the show lets him slide or not. If they do, then that’s ridiculous. More ridiculous than TNT having a “Shaq did it first edition” of Shaqtin’ a Fool just to show players he can laugh at himself.