What’s Going On With ‘Inside The NBA’?

Donovan Mitchell led the Utah Jazz (11-4) to their seventh straight victory against the New Orleans Pelicans. He finished with 36 points, seven rebounds and shot 6-of-8 from three.

That wasn’t enough to impress Shaquille O’Neal. After all, what is?

After the game, the four-time NBA champion told Mitchell he doesn’t “have what it takes to get to the next level.” He added, “I said it on purpose because I wanted you to hear it. What do you have to say about that?”

Visibly uncomfortable, the 24-year-old All-Star responded: “Aight.”

This isn’t the first time the TNT crew has seemingly ruffled feathers with players this season.

  • Charles Barkley asked Kevin Durant a question about his conditioning. KD barely acknowledged him.
  • O’Neal tore into James Harden when he got traded to the Brooklyn Nets. Harden clapped back on Instagram and saluted Dwyane Wade, who had tweeted that he was happy for Harden.
  • Paul George scored 33 points in a big win and the TNT crew turned it into an awkward conversation about star players getting preferential treatment.
  • O’Neal spoke Russian to Nikola Jokic who told him, “I’m Serbian.”
  • O’Neal told Rockets forward Christian Wood he wasn’t familiar with him after the 25-year-old put up 27 points in a win. Wood responded, “You’re a casual.”

Jazz center Rudy Gobert was at the center of O’Neal’s most intense tirade. When the TNT crew complimented Gobert on-air, Shaq looked like he was ready to walk off the set. “He ain’t one of [the best]. Stop it!” he shouted back at his colleagues. He posted a mock photo of himself dunking on Gobert too. 

Gobert came to his teammate Mitchell’s defense after Shaq’s comments last night. “Hopefully they have to watch us until July. And then they can call us whatever they want.”