Shaquille O'Neal, a legendary NBA player, no longer dominates basketball courts, yet he still exerts influence through NBA media. O'Neal frequently gives his opinion on the modern game on "Inside the NBA," and he frequently criticizes the great players harshly.
The situation has become so severe that O'Neal has faced criticism for being unduly harsh, and some people have even demanded an apology from him for the different things he said. But in a recent interview with Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, Shaq addressed those detractors and reaffirmed his strategy.
"I have never disparaged a player because I dislike them. I merely offer them counsel. Okay, if you want my counsel. I don't mind if you don't. But it does occur. Although it's a requirement for the game, I often say it to assist you.
If you are unable to perceive it, it is not my concern. I was delicate. I made an effort to silence you guys by winning. When I speak, I often base what I say on facts. We're there, observing the game. Like, you have to perform if you want to move on to the next round.
It is easy to understand why Shaq is so harsh with large men. O'Neal is certainly knowledgeable about what it takes to rule the interior as a dominant center from his era, and being willing to take criticism in order to advance your game is a key component of that formula.