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Shaq: Kevin Durant, current NBA players 'soft, sensitive'

Shaq: Kevin Durant, current NBA players 'soft, sensitive'

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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.

[REWIND: Durant defends JaVale, blasts Shaq: 'He didn't have any skill']

"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.”

What sporing event Warriors' Jordan Poole will miss watching most

What sporing event Warriors' Jordan Poole will miss watching most

Warriors rookie Jordan Poole has many interests outside of basketball.

If you follow him on Instagram, you know that he loves cats.

The 20-year-old enjoys watching movies and TV shows, and generally considers himself a homebody.

Poole also likes other sports, and when Wes Goldberg of the Bay Area News Group asked him which canceled or postponed sporting events he is going to miss, the Michigan product provided an answer that might surprise you.

"I love watching the college World Series, I definitely like watching softball as well," he said. "March Madness was going to be cool of course, but that’s basketball. The college World Series is something sports-related that I was really looking forward to."

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How did Poole get into college baseball?

"I would watch the games when we were in school (at Michigan), go support my guys on the team, but I was really locked into the World Series," he answered. "Those games get pretty rowdy."

[RELATED: Paschall reveals Warriors teammate he'd quarantine with now]

Last year, Michigan reached the College World Series for the first time since 1984.

The Wolverines advanced all the way to the championship best-of-three series -- winning Game 1 before dropping the next two to Vanderbilt.

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Eric Paschall reveals Warriors teammate he'd quarantine with right now

Eric Paschall reveals Warriors teammate he'd quarantine with right now

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Warriors rookie forward Eric Paschall is following the shelter-in-place rules.

He is practicing social distancing and doing his part to flatten the curve.

But if he had to quarantine with one of his Warriors teammates right now, who would he pick?

"Ohhhhhhh. Ummmmm. I would choose my man Ky Bowman," Paschall told Mark Willard of KNBR 680 on Wednesday night. "He's always in a positive mood. His energy is unmatched.

"Definitely Ky. Me and him live in the same complex so I could do that anyway. But definitely my man Ky. We'd be compatible."

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It's safe to assume Paschall never thought he would be asked that question after the Warriors selected him with the No. 41 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

But the world has been turned upside down and here we are.

Lastly, Willard asked Paschall why he wears No. 7 with the Dubs.

[RELATED: Paschall refuses to bash Kerr when baited by Jefferson]

"All the other numbers I used to wear were taken," the Villanova product said. "No. 11 -- obviously I can't get that one. Klay Thompson has it. No. 14 is retired, No. 24 is retired and No. 4 -- Omari (Spellman) had. But at the time, Quinn Cook had it.

"So I was just stuck with seven ... I'm gonna stick with seven because it's a new journey in my life."

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