Shaquille O'Neal reported have signed a $1.4 million/year contract with last year NBA runner-up, Boston Celtics. But Jim Rome said on his TV show "Rome is Burning" that Celtics would be making a huge mistake.
Rome said that Shaq O'Neal is getting older and slower, he also said "Shaq never approached the game with the dedication and discipline of Kobe Bryant." Rome also wrote in his website that luckily Celtics only pay him with $1.4 mill, although Shaq O’Neal’s been looking for $8 mill/year.
Maybe the Kobe Bryant part was what ignited Shaq anger the most, he then starting to wrote on his Twitter account,
"Jim Rome, I am happy with my career and the legacy that I have left behind,obviously u r not happy wit yur legacy I 4got u have no legacy,"
"And forget the back and forth jim rome, I challenge u to a boxing match, live at espn studios, show the world if u can bak up the tuff talk."
Jim Rome also have something to said in his Twitter:
"@THE_REAL_SHAQ For 8 mill, maybe, but I'm not getting my face caved in for the veteran's minimum. & you are a little out of my weight class."
@THE_REAL_SHAQ Really? You're getting hooked and want to fight a guy with no legacy. You're better than that. Thx 4 checking in. Bn 2 long.
And Shaq wanted to kick back:
"Those that dnt respect your hard work, its ok, make em respect u as a person. Shaq oneal"
And then he linked to a video of Rome being attacked by NFL quarterback Jim Everett after Rome addressed Everett as "Chris" in reference to an opinion the talk show host had that Everett was playing football like a girl, namely tennis star Chris Evert.
Last words by Jim Rome:
@THE_REAL_SHAQ You just threw the Everett card? So tired. So easy. So boring. What happened to you? Where's the Big Aristotle? Or MDE?