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“Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Gave me Constructive Criticism”: NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal Defends His Criticism for Young Players

Shaquille O'Neal

Giving constructive criticism is arguably one of the best ways to help someone improve. This technique works everywhere, including the NBA. But sometimes some people might go a bit overboard with it.

A few weeks ago, Los Angeles Lakers legend and NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal was in a similar position. After a Utah Jazz game, Shaq interviewed the team’s star guard, Donovan Mitchell.

However, during the interview, Shaq criticized Mitchell, and this conversation caught the attention of the media. As a result, Shaq faced the resentment of many NBA fans and players in the last few weeks.

Despite fans showing their anger towards him, it is hard to see Shaq budge away from his comments. Not only Shaq, but many retired NBA players also criticize current NBA players by labeling it as constructive criticism.

Such comments might help the player at all. But there is a huge chance that it might demoralize the said player altogether.

Shaquille O’Neal explains his criticism about young NBA player

Shaquille O'Neal

With many people questioning Shaq for his methods to “motivate” players, the former NBA star sat down for an interview. In the interview he said:

When Kareem Abdul Jabbar Gave Me Constructive Criticism, I Took It, I Listened And I Brought My Game To Another Level. These Guys Now Are Pudding Pops.”

Yet again, Shaq has said something that might make several enthusiasts and players angry. Although Shaq’s side of the story is understandable, there is a limit to which any player can handle these comments.

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But what do you think about the comments of Shaquille O’Neal on this matter? Do you agree with the Diesel or do you believe he is being unreasonable? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section down below.


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