Shaquille O’Neal gives Knicks’ Julius Randle ‘big dog’ advice following referee rant
Knicks forward Julius Randle had just opened up about his unique in-game dilemma–referees not calling a foul on his defenders.
According to Randle, he was told that the officials tend to not call a foul on his defenders despite a hard contact because more often than not, he’s “stronger” than them. Evidently, he is not happy about it at all.
“It pisses me off even more to be honest with you, because that is not how you officiate the game,” Randle ranted via ESPN.
Weighing in on the Knicks’ talisman’s rare situation, former Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O’Neal said that being a big man himself, he feels for Randle. However, Shaq also stressed that if Randle’s really a big and strong guy, there’s no other way but to play it rough and tough.
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“Listen Mr. Julius, nobody rooting for Goliath, nobody cares,” Shaq said via NBA on TNT. “So I am saying this to say that, Play through it big man. You are correct, you are strong, you are not going to get calls, they are not going to slow the game down for us. So what you gotta do, big dog, is make them call a foul. When you got them down the block, punish ’em. Somebody reaching, just take this bow [elbow] right here and just lift it up three to four inches.”
“You just gotta keep playing,” he continued. “Remember nobody roots for Goliath, nobody cares, the little guys don’t care, they don’t care about us big guys.
Despite not getting the refs to blow the whistle, Randle is still the most aggressive player in the current Knicks squad.