February 25, 2012; Orlando FL, USA; TNT anchor and former player Shaquille O

Shaquille O’Neal: Knicks Must Take Things Personally


Future Hall of Famer and current TNT studio analyst Shaquille O’Neal is one that has never had a problem letting his opinions be known and he recently had some interesting things to say about the New York Knicks when he sat down with Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com.

February 24, 2012; Orlando FL, USA; Team Shaq general manager Shaquille O

O’Neal had opinions on many things including the Brooklyn Nets, who he feels are better are not quite as good as the Knicks yet.

But perhaps O’Neal’s greatest points were directed at Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire and how it relates to playing against the defending NBA champions.

“I think when Carmelo plays against LeBron (James) and (Dwyane Wade); he should take it personally, like he’s always talked about last (among the three). When Amar’e plays against (Chris) Bosh, he should take it personally,” O’Neal said. “That’s what I always used to do. I played against guys; I used to take it personally that you’re not talking about me.

“They need to do that. In order to beat Miami, they’ve got to.”

O’Neal also thinks that ‘Melo and STAT have played “OK,” together in their season and a half together, even though the Knicks have a losing record in games the two of them have started together. He compares the Knicks 1-2 punch to himself and Kobe Bryant and notes that in a city like New York, “OK,” simply is not good enough and to be a legitimate 1-2 punch, the Knicks two stars must be a lot better than “OK.”

“(Kobe) Bryant and Shaq, we were OK in 1997, ’98, ’99. But it just wasn’t good enough. And then we both decided to become a little bit more aggressive, more dominant and it was OK.”

Everyone has their opinion on the Knicks stars, but Shaq’s is certainly one that I respect and brings up great points on how both ‘Melo and Stoudemire must raise their game as a duo, especially against good teams, for the Knicks to eventually reach the top of the mountain.

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