Shaquille O'Neal gives the ultimate compliment to Giannis Antetokounmpo: "My name is Greek Freak"

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It's not the first time Shaquille O'Neal has deified Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The great veteran centre, who made history in the jersey of the Lakers and the Magic,  once again spoke flatteringly about Giannis and emphasised that he sees himself in today's NBA.


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“You got guys shooting threes, its cute... It's not something I would do. Somebody asked me the other day. Oh Shaq couldn't play today. But you're not paying atention. I am playing today. My name is Greek Freak,” said the basketball legend.

He definitely wants more championships from Giannis and will watch him in Eurobasket as well.

Elsewhere, O'Neal was discussing the upcoming NBA season with his "Inside the NBA" co-star Kenny Smith along with his podcast co-hosts, Nischelle Turner and Spice Adams, when the subject of the Western Conference came up.

Smith argued that the West could be as powerful as it's ever been, and O'Neal rebutted by saying that the Warriors should be the outright favourites.

"Nobody's gonna beat the best player in the world, Steph Curry," O'Neal said.

When pressed about his statement, O'Neal didn't hesitate to double down, saying "Yeah, by far. Hell yeah."

He then enumerated his reasons for categorising Curry at the top of the list of current NBA superstars.

"The real ones are recognised by the championships that you have," O'Neal said. "Nobody plays better than Steph Curry. He's a tough shot taker, tough shot maker. I like where he's brought his career.

"I love 'Rocky' type stories. ... Steph wasn't highly recruited. So, to be able to work that hard and be the best shooter and one of the best players in the league, he gets my props for that.

"I love that kid."

Smith backed up O'Neal's statements by highlighting Curry's unselfishness, and ultimately agreed that "last year, he was the best player in the world."

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