If there was ever any doubt, it is already becoming clear that Shaquille O’Neal, transitioning after retirement from the court to the broadcast studio, has no plans of letting go of his old grudges. And, as a player, nothing got O’Neal’s dander up quite like whining coming from fellow big men.
Back in 2009, Chris Bosh (then with Toronto) complained about O’Neal spending too much time in the lane, and O’Neal responded by labeling Bosh, “The RuPaul of big men.” It seems O’Neal still is reluctant to give Bosh, a six-time All-Star, much credit.
On Tuesday, making his debut on Turner’s NBA coverage as the league unveiled its schedule for the coming season on NBA TV, O’Neal again took a swipe at Bosh. After Bosh and LeBron James signed with the Heat last summer, those two, along with Dwyane Wade, were said to have formed the Big Three. O’Neal doesn’t seem to agree.
“The Miami Heat, they got a lot of great players, like the ‘Big Two,’” O’Neal said. “They will be back. LeBron James is taking a lot of criticism, but I know LeBron very well. He hears everything that everyone is saying, so I think he is going to come back and have an MVP-type of year this year.”
O’Neal played with James in Cleveland in 2009-10, failing to help the team to a championship. He played with Wade in Miami for two seasons, and did help the Heat to the 2005-06 title. He said he thinks those two will get the Heat back into the Finals next year.
“Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, they’re great players and they’re probably the greatest backcourt ever assembled,” O’Neal said. “And you know, they’re going to get back. They’re going to get back. They played well, they went through a lot, they put a lot of pressure on themselves. That’s how they like it. And they will be back.”