$8.5B NBA mogul gets Kevin Durant’s ‘Ultimatum’, forcing Shaquille O’Neal into honest reaction

Each organization has a player making the noise. A star capable of magic on the pitch. For the Nets, Kevin Durant is the face of the franchise. Likewise, being the star of the team brings with it certain privileges. KD chose the most extreme path. Speaking about his trade, Durant delivered an ultimatum to owner Joseph Tsai. A choice between him or the coaching staff. The question came up during Shaq’s last podcast. The Big Diesel’s reaction, however, came as a surprise to everyone.

The nets were locked in a lock after the Slim Reaper’s transparent meeting with their multi-billionaire owner. Durant had no confidence in Steve Nash and fired his arrow. He gave the franchise a clear choice. The Nets must now choose to trade Durant or ditch their coaching staff. Of course, the franchise can’t have ticked both boxes. Likewise, it’s a decision that will have the franchise scratching its head. Durant’s demands seemed too much. However, not everyone feels the same.

April 2, 2022; Atlanta, GA, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) controls the ball during the first half at State Farm Arena against the Atlanta Hawks. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

During a recent episode of ‘The Big Podcast,’ Shaquille O’Neal spilled the beans on being the franchise’s superstar.

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Shaquille O’Neal did what Kevin Durant did

In his prime, Shaq was the most unstoppable force in basketball. He was a top player and the number one option for his franchise. Likewise, the Big Diesel wasn’t surprised when he spoke about KD’s ultimatum. As a man of the team, he didn’t want to forget the past. Looking back on his career, Shaq revealed he continued to set high standards. In addition, he feels that Kevin Durant has the right to do the same.

The Big Diesel said: “I must clear myself of this case. If I were to talk about it, that would mean I never did. If you’re the man, you can make those kinds of demands. Look, I’ve been playing for 20 years, I’ve been at it for a long time. I’ll tell you a few stories. But I can’t tell you all the stories.”

Shaq’s claims make sense from the player’s perspective. Kevin Durant has worked hard to get to the level he is. Becoming the most elite offensive player must have some perks. KD came to Brooklyn to leave his own legacy. Likewise, the Easy Money Sniper needs some security to trust the process. Still, at the peak of his power, Durant can make or break any team. And for the networks, it’s one of the toughest decisions they have to make.

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Shaquille O’Neal has taken his side with some untold stories. But could his beef with Kobe Bryant fit the case?

Shaq-Kobe beef is similar to Nets’ situation?

While Shaq didn’t reveal another story, could Big Diesel’s beef with Kobe be one that fits the case? Kobe and Shaq are two names that will remain linked. The dynamic duo won three championships in a row, finishing as one of the best. However, after the Big Diesel started enjoying life, a public feud began.

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The two superstars started teasing each other. It all got to a point where the couple refused to play together. Remarkably, Kobe couldn’t see himself playing alongside Shaq anymore. After the Lakers fired Phil Jackson, Shaq had a clear message. He didn’t like the direction the organization was taking, making Bryant the face of the team. Faced with wage demands and the feud, O’Neal decided it was time to move on. In a deal that shocked the world, Shaq was traded to the Miami Heat. The Lakers had to make one of the toughest decisions. A choice between the brightest talent or the most dominant.

The Brooklyn Nets are at a similar point. For the Lakers, they chose to play Kobe. Do you think the networks should take a similar approach? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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