NBA star Shaquille O'Neil this week got himself entangled in a tense stand-off with 2-time WNBA MVP Candace Parker after he suggested the WNBA should lower the rim to enable players to dunk... Something they already do quite well.
Scroll on to watch the awkward moment for yourself...
What was Shaq thinking?
During Tuesday night's rendition of "NBA on TNT," Shaq, who is regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, unintentionally ignited a tense feud between himself and Candace Parker.
However, this isn't the first time the pair have been at loggerheads.
Earlier this month, Candace went viral when she publicly schooled Shaq on the intricacies of the modern NBA offense.
After a brief discussion in which PostGame Show panelists spoke about how the defense is played these days, Shaq questioned why teams "switch" on defense so much...
Candace Parker making Shaq look real dumb while talking about modern pick-n-roll basketball pic.twitter.com/TQYwVVrVmx— gifdsports (@gifdsports) March 3, 2021
To which Candace responded by fully explaining the game as someone would to a beginner, not, say, an NBA legend.
It's needless to say that Candace made Shaq look like a real fool...
The only thing Shaq had to say in this clip was “but did we win a championship” in reference to his inability to understand the new realities of basketball. This, whew,,,, this one STARKLY laid out how far off the pace he is and how ON TOP OF HER SHIT Candace Parker is https://t.co/FjNWbsvt7E— Aaron West (@oeste) March 3, 2021
And their brief exchange quickly became a talking point online.
But now, not even one month on from that awkward moment...
The pair have publicly clashed once again.
In an eye-wateringly tense moment, Shaq casually suggested that the perfect way to make the NBA and the WNBA "equal" would be to "lower the rim."
That way, according to Shaq, female players will "be able to dunk like we do."
Of course, his remark didn't sit too well with Candace...
Who, as per tradition, swiftly shot back.
Viewers have been left reeling by Shaq's comments...
this was so awkward to watch— Lord Cup (@jewcup) March 17, 2021
They’re women, not girls. Show some respect.— Gabrielle (@gfstarr1) March 17, 2021
Mark my words, when it comes to women athletes Shaq is one comment away from revealing his true self and being fired and canceled lol— Deeply Rooted (@AKingXIII) March 17, 2021
That suggestion is just as ludicrous as once suggested to raise the rim when he played. On both counts - no— Charles Hallman (@chjournalist) March 17, 2021
Candice Parker hates Shaq. Deservedly so.— Kellen Livingstone (@Kellencujo) March 17, 2021
Shaq makes me so mad bro— Nysir🌎☄️💕®️ ➐ (@MaxeyMania) March 18, 2021
Juuuust a bit awkward. The different ball size kind of already acknowledges physical differences. Hoop height likely a step too far.— b stings 8(|||)- (@killabstingz) March 17, 2021
She don't like Shaq for real. lol. I love that she don't back down.— Mont (@Monte_Raye) March 18, 2021
Shaq really said that shit 😐— Trey #YNWA 😈🔱 (@HeywoodTrey) March 17, 2021
Shaq began by saying this:
"In beach volleyball, the women's net is about half an inch lower, so do you think if we just lower the rim so you could dunk like we dunk that it'll give you more oomph that you already have?"
Clearly hearing how his remark was sounding, he continued to dig himself a deeper hole...
"Because listen, you guys are doing the stepbacks, the pullbacks, ya'll are doing everything we're doing, I don't see a lot of people going up with 2 hands."
Candace, clearly unimpressed, then shot back:
"No, it's coming I guarantee my next child will be drop step dunking."
You can watch the full discussion below.
Candace Parker wasn't into Shaq's suggestion that the WNBA should lower the rim so that players could dunk "It's coming...My next child will be drop step dunking" pic.twitter.com/5tVkRJ3Nb4— gifdsports (@gifdsports) March 17, 2021
What do you think? Was Shaq in the wrong? Or was he simply making a valid suggestion?