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After Kevin Durant defended JaVale McGee by calling out Shaquille O'Neal, the Hall of Famer responded by telling Durant to mind his own business.
Two weeks later, Shaq had more to say about Durant.
“KD doesn’t have G–14 Classification," he told Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated. “He can’t talk to me like that. He may think he does, and he’s sticking up for his teammate.
"He’s a great player, but you ain’t in the club yet (winning an NBA championship). You’re on the outside in line with (Charles) Barkley, (Karl) Malone and (John) Stockton. You’re not in the club with me and those guys. That’s why I tweeted him, ‘Mind ya business.’”
As CSNBayArea.com's Monte Poole reported: The Warriors contacted Turner Sports in hopes of getting TNT’s parent company to persuade O’Neal to curb the constant derision directed toward McGee because of its impact on his image and reputation.
“Just put it this way: The league is soft and these guys are sensitive, period," Shaq told SI. "I was sensitive too but I never went back at (older players). Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain never said s--- to (support) me. Did I cry about It? No.
"Kareem said in the paper one time, when they asked him, ‘Shaq is doing great, he has numbers similar to yours, what do you think?’ His response was, ‘Well, he hasn’t won a championship yet.’ I could have gone back at him, but I didn’t.
"I sucked it up like a real man and was like, ‘OK, watch this.’ A lot of guys, these days, when you say anything about them they start whimpering and crying.”