Shaquille O’Neal berates Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert for his $200 million supermax deal and pokes fun at his career average in points.
NBA legend turned TNT analyst Shaquille O’Neal has started another beef with one of today’s premier big men. This time, it’s Utah Jazz DPOY Rudy Gobert. He has been on Gobert’s case for almost a week now.
Shaq claims that someone who averages merely 11 points is not deserving of a supermax deal worth $205 million. For context, the Jazz have locked down the 7 footer for 5 years on a max deal, and ever since then, ‘Diesel’ has been berating him with insults.
Rudy Gobert even responded to Shaq and tried to put out the fire by claiming there’s no beef between the two and doesn’t know why Shaq has chosen him to pick on.
Shaq takes shots at Rudy Gobert yet again
In a conversation that didn’t even involve Rudy Gobert, Charles Barkley said, “You need more than the bubble. You need to do it for a few years before we call you a superstar.” This comment by Chuck was in regards to Jamal Murray.
However, Shaq seems to want to sneak any disses he can on Rudy Gobert and decides to butt in here. He said, “That’s like saying you need to have more than 11 points to get $200 million.”
Charles Barkley on Jamal Murray:
“You need more than the bubble…You need to do it for a few years before I call you a superstar.”
“That’s like saying you need to have more than 11 points to get $200 Million.”
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) January 8, 2021
Shaq later on joked that Jokic is worth $600 million because he dropped 38 points in tonight’s game against the Mavs.
NBA fans on social media are claiming that Shaq is upset that players these days sign contracts that he never received in his playing days. Rudy Gobert is perhaps the greatest defensive big of the 2010s. He is essentially a system all on his own on the defensive end of the floor.
Though his averages in points do not leap off the page, he makes up for it by locking down the paint. In today’s game, it is easy to find a serviceable big for cheap in the NBA, so signing Gobert to a $205 million deal might’ve not been Utah’s best move. However, if they didn’t Gobert would’ve certainly walked away from the franchise, and gone to one which did sign him to one.