It’s no secret that the NBA game has changed since former Los Angeles Lakers superstar center Shaquille O’Neal was playing in his prime. These days, the game is less physical and has become much more friendly to players on offense thanks to a few rule changes and the way the game is officiated.
In his latest episode of “The Big Podcast with Shaq” released on Sunday, O’Neal revealed that he isn’t necessarily a big fan of the NBA’s rule changes. However, he thinks he would dominate the league if he played today, calling the current player “butter cups.”
“I think it’s hurting the game. It’s an old saying, if it’s not broke do not fix it. I think a lot of times these rules changes because people are complaining,” O’Neal said. “It’s a lot of guys being mentioned now and only a few you can pick from this dimension and bring them in. LeBron, Steph guys like that, but I’m mentioned with the old aliens. So like people always, ‘you hating, you hating.’ It’s not that I’m hating, I wish I was playing with these butter cups right now, I wish I was. I promise you I wish I was playing. Ah, it’ll be a slaughterhouse up there.”
Obviously, Shaq will never get the chance to prove it, but it certainly is fun to think about Shaq dominating the paint in the modern game.