Los Angeles Lakers veteran LeBron James and Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant slammed former Laker Shaquille O’Neal’s on-air criticism of Utah Jazz goalie Donovan Mitchell on Thursday. evening.
The controversy began when O’Neal interviewed Mitchell on Thursday night and said the Guard lacked the ability to take Jazz to the next level.
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Mitchell’s limited response undoubtedly hid his irritation at O’Neal’s opinion, as the guard has grown to become an NBA star.
In Mitchell’s first three seasons, the Jazz reached the Western Conference semifinals in Mitchell’s rookie season in 2017-18, and then were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in the following two seasons. .
Still, O’Neal’s criticism seems unwarranted, given that Mitchell is only one facet of regular Jazz training and faces teams that have as much, if not more, talent.
James’ comments help provide some reward for Mitchell, who previously offered his support to James after TV host Laura Ingraham criticized him. Additionally, James’ respect for Mitchell as a player necessitated a response to O’Neal’s comments.