“When we were in Orlando, I was the best big man in the world, but if you get swept are you really that good?”

Kyrie Irving’s talent was questioned by Shaquille O’Neal after the Brooklyn Nets beat the Boston Celtics in the first round.

Irving has proven to be one of the best small finishers in the game’s history. That ability faltered in O’Neal’s eyes after the Nets failed to win a single playoff game.

In his podcast, Shaq said:

“When we were in Orlando I was the best big man in the world, but if you were swept, are you really that good?”


Shaquille O’Neal questions Kyrie Irving’s talent

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The Brooklyn Nets should be a force to be reckoned with before the start of the season. With Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving ruling the dance floor together, many thought they would be brimming with success.

Unfortunately for Nets fans, the league announced vaccination regulations that disrupted Kyrie’s ability to play and impacted the Nets’ balance sheet. After Irving managed to squeeze into the postseason, he failed to make his usual impact.

As a result, Shaq doesn’t think Kyrie Irving has the talent most think he has. Referring to his time in Orlando, he explained that being seen as the best means not getting carried away.

Irving’s lack of talent lately could stem from the time he took off due to vaccination orders. Whatever the reason, the question still remains: “If you were swept, are you really that good?”

Not winning alongside Kevin Durant, regardless of who the opponents are, is likely to raise a few eyebrows. However, the Boston Celtics reached the Finals and even led the series at times before eventually going 4-2.

Unfortunately for Irving, “People” here is Shaquille O’Neal. The Big Diesel is not a person to speak up against. Shaq’s takes are heard loud and appreciated by most.

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