Donovan Mitchell has perfect response to Shaq’s postgame criticism: ‘Aight’

Shaquille O’Neal is a fantastic personality and a legend not only of the NBA, but also of basketball in general.

That doesn’t mean, however, that every word he speaks is gospel, something Jazz star Donovan Mitchell pointedly reminded him of early Friday.

After Utah’s 129-118 win over New Orleans — a game in which Mitchell scored 36 points on 11-of-18 shooting (6-of-8 from 3), five assists and seven rebounds — Shaq revealed that he said Mittchell “didn’t have what it takes to get to that next level.” In the next breath, he said he wanted him to hear that criticism, and asked him for a response.

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Said Mitchell: “Aight.” Then, after a moment of silence: “That’s it.”

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The look on Shaq’s face as Mitchell refused to humor him only makes the interview that much better. To his credit, Mitchell added a little more in the 29-second clip, saying he’d heard the same thing since he was a rookie in 2017-18 and that he’d keep doing what he was doing.

That’s not the only time Shaq has been roasted recently. Friday’s interaction with Mitchell came just over a week after Houston’s Christian Wood called Shaq a casual because he wasn’t “familiar with your game.”

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A couple of humbling moments for Shaq, but something tells us “The Big Aristotle” will pull through — even after Twitter roundly roasted him following his remarks: