Shaquille O’Neal, Gary Payton recall the time they wanted to choke Pat Riley
In the ‘9os reunion episode of NBA Inside Stuff, one of the stories that stood out came from Hall of Fame big man Shaquille O’Neal, who recalled the time he almost choked out then-Miami Heat head coach Pat Riley.
Apparently, he wasn’t the only one, as Heat teammate Gary Payton also wanted to wrap his hands on their coach at that moment.
Watch the hilarious exchange below:
Shaq tells the story of when he and Gary Payton got into a fight with Pat Riley and Gary's response when Riley tried to make him run plays: "F**k that, I'm passing to Shaq."pic.twitter.com/xrFMQRfGux
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) May 18, 2020
The pair exchanged stories starting with how they refused to follow Riley’s instructions about running plays. Payton knew he had to get the rock to O’Neal, so he told his coach “F**k that, I’m passing to Shaq.”
The discussion went on, and it was clear that both Payton and O’Neal did not exactly see eye to eye with the Heat coach at that time. In fact, host Ahmad Rashad had to ask them to turn it back a little on their slander against Riley. Hilarious!
That didn’t end there, however. Payton also mentioned that the only reason why he stopped Shaq from choking out Riley was because he wanted to do it himself. In hindsight, we’re glad things didn’t escalate to that point.
Things all worked out for them in Miami, though. Gary Payton won his one and only chip with the Heat in 2006, which also happened to be Shaquille O’Neal’s fourth and final title in his career.