NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal has doubled down on his claim that the NBA should pack it in, and start planning for the next season. But this time around, he dragged in Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs to prove his point.
To give you the back-story, the Spurs won the NBA Finals in 1999, a season that didn’t start until early February due to the collective bargaining between the NBPA and the board of governors. The Players wanted to raise the league’s minimum salary, and the exchange went on from July to January. In conclusion, the 1998-99 season ended up only being 50 games.
This lockout from the players added to an already challenging time for the NBA, as they had to face the aftermath of Michael Jordan’s second retirement the year before. Shaq brings this point up because he doesn’t think Tim Duncan’s first championship meant a whole lot from the shortened season, and it having an asterisk attached to it in his opinion. Might I add, the dynamic duo of Kobe and Shaq from the Lakers did confront the Spurs in the Western Conference Semifinals, which they got swept 4-0 by the Spurs.
Circling back in what Shaq said, he went so far as to say that he believes the title shouldn’t count, stating:
“I would tell Mr. Duncan this to his face. You have four rings, yeah, it says you have five, but the asterisks doesn’t count.”Shaquille O’Neal
A little bit of jealousy, perhaps?
Catch you Monday.