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“I would lock his ass up“ — Rudy Gobert finally fires back at Shaquille O’Neal

Dwyane Wade has a tantalizing suggestion for settling this score.
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Shaquille O'Neal

Rudy Gobert and Shaquille O'Neal

For the longest time, NBA legend and Hall-of-Famer Shaquille O'Neal has been the biggest critique of Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert. From his massive $205 million contract extension to his performance and behavior on the court, O'Neal still believes that Gobert doesn't deserve the recognition he gets.

The four-time champion recently continued his slander, this time saying that Gobert's "soft" physique wouldn't survive playing against his dominant self if they ever matched up.

O'Neal dunks on Gobert once again.

On the latest episode of his podcast entitled "Big Podcast with Shaq," O'Neal's co-host Anthony "Spice" Adams triggered the most dominant center in NBA history by claiming that Gobert's superior defense could hold him to 12 points if both big men matched up in their respective primes. O'Neal took this as a massive insult and instead talked about why he would be the one to give Gobert nightmares.

"12 points? Yeah, in the first three minutes," O'Neal said. "Let me tell you something, man. It's against my religion for somebody to hold me one-on-one. I take that personally. I do," O'Neal added. "You know what I'm going to do to him? He's a shot blocker. You can't shoot a shot. You've got to back his little skinny ass up under the rim. Show him the 'bow so he gets scared and just go up," O'Neal explained.

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Those who watched Shaq during his prime years would understand what he's talking about. There's a reason why the Diesel is dubbed as the most dominant center of all time. His physicality was like no other, which he used to impose his will inside the paint.

If Gobert's lanky body matched up against prime Shaq's dominance, it wouldn't take a genius to guess what would happen.

Gobert has had enough.

It didn't take long for the French native to respond to O'Neal's statement. Gobert commented on an Instagram post by Bleacher Report that he would lock O'Neal's ass up if they both theoretically matched up. Gobert clearly believes in his defensive skills, and it's hard to blame him because, after all, he's a three-time Defensive Player of the Year.

Gobert firing back at O'Neal is a sign that he's fed up with all the trash-talk the latter has done over the years. The Utah Jazz center has always respected O'Neal's criticism, but it seems he's finally reached his toll.

From the outside looking in, it's difficult not to feel bad for Gobert (unless you loathe him) because old heads like O'Neal (who has every right to talk his trash) continue to criticize his game, skills, contract, and everything else in between.

Unfortunately, we'll never get to see these two Hall-of-Famers go at it and settle their long-storied beef — unless Utah Jazz owner Dwayne Wade pulls a miracle and conducts an exhibition game featuring O'Neal and Gobert in next year's All-Star game.

Now that's a matchup we want to see. Make it happen, DWade!

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