The NBA knows Shaquille O’Neal for his theatrics, and it’s perfectly shown as he calls back to dominating Tim Duncan in a rap song with Rick Ross. The rapper released “Shaq & Kobe” a month ago, garnering 11 million views as of writing. However, his new release of the Remix features the former Los Angeles Lakers big man himself, and O’Neal isn’t holding back.
Shaquille O’Neal calls out Tim Duncan
Or does he? Everyone knows the 51-year-old for his playfulness and teasing nature, which is being continued by Jimmy Butler in the league.
This is another moment in the Hall of Famer’s fun in showbiz as he raps about his success. One line that catches the eye is, “Foreign ’round, flyin’ spurs like when I bullied Duncan.”
While his whole verse is about his successful career, this specific line hits closer to home.
It’s an excellent throwback to their late 1990s to 2000s rivalry. The two big men always competed to see who came out on top.
Despite many regarding Duncan as a defensive powerhouse, O’Neal can’t help but recall the moments when he “dominated” him.
Nothing But Respect
However, as teasing as the line is, the four-time NBA champ has nothing but respect for his fellow Hall of Famer. Respect and maybe a little bit of disdain in the most positive way possible.
O’Neal almost always responds positively whenever the league talks about the former San Antonio Spur.
He doesn’t even try to correct anyone who says Duncan is the GOAT. Furthermore, his respect knows no boundaries for the 15-time All-Defensive participant.
He stays salty about how Duncan overshadowed him despite being more talented than he was. After all, Duncan did finish his career with one more ring than O’Neal.
“I was probably 80 percent talent, 20 percent fundamental. Tim Duncan was 80 percent fundamental and 20 percent talent. And he got five rings and I got four. That still bugs the s–t out of me.”Shaquille O’Neal said in 2016
Despite this, it’s a great throwback to another era of basketball. Was it better or worse? That’s up to you to decide.