Shaquille O’Neal doesn’t want to hear you complain about his blooper reel and its subjects. In fact, if you haven’t won an NBA championship, you can’t say anything to the Hall of Fame big man who won four titles during his career.

That includes Golden State Warriors All-Star forward Kevin Durant, who stuck up for his teammate JaVale McGee during an argument between the two in February.

“KD doesn’t have G–14 Classification,” O’Neal said, according to Sports Illustrated’s The Crossover, referring to an unwritten specification among NBA champs. “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. 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 [championship] guys. That’s why I tweeted him, ‘Mind ya business.’”

O’Neal, a TNT studio analyst, has long used McGee as his public punching bag for his Shaqtin A Fool segment during Inside the NBA’s game day coverage. In late February, the Warriors center had enough and fired back on Twitter. A heated exchanged ensued, and the team later reached out to Turner Sports to intervene.

Durant later came to his teammates aid, questioning O’Neal’s skills at the center position and pointing out some flaws in his own game.

“Shaq was a shitty free throw shooter, he missed dunks. He airballed free throws. He couldn’t shoot outside the paint,” Durant told reporters in late February, according to the Bay Area News Group’s Anthony Slater. “He was bigger than everybody, didn’t have no skill. But he was bigger and stronger than everybody, and he’s still a great player, but you had your flaws too as a player.

“And you played on five or six teams, too, as a player. So it’s not like you were like this perfect center. You had your flaws, too.”

To that point, O’Neal responded on Twitter.

The ex-Los Angeles Lakers big man took it a step further on Friday.

He hearkened back to his playing days when NBA greats like Kareem Abdul-Jabaar disregarded the Big Fella until he won a championship. He did the same to Durant.

“LeBron has a lot of clearance because he’s won championships,” O’Neal said. “But when a guy who hasn’t won championships makes comments, you say, ‘How do you know?’

“Just put it this way: The league is soft and these guys are sensitive, period. I was sensitive [as a player] 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.”

Not everyone’s going to win a ring, and that’s OK. But if you’re gonna come for the Big Aristotle, you’re gonna have to have your jewelry in order first.

Source : SBnation