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Shaquille O’Neal’s message to Nuggets in matchup vs. Lakers


NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal isn’t impressed with the Denver Nuggets, despite them becoming the first team in NBA history to come back from consecutive 3-1 series deficits.

During Friday’s Inside the NBA show, Shaq said he’ll start respecting the Nuggets once they beat the Los Angeles Lakers and win the 2020 NBA championship

“You want my respect, then win the whole thing,” Shaq said. “You came back down 3-1 twice, you get the clap. In matter of fact, you get the golf clap. But you want my respect and you want to impress me, then beat the Los Angeles Lakers and win the whole thing.”

The Nuggets have very much been the biggest storyline of the NBA bubble so far. First, they came back down 3-1 against the Utah Jazz, a team that looked sharped throughout the eight seeding games. Then in the semifinals, they did the same thing against the Los Angeles Clippers, a team that was highly favored to win the 2020 NBA championship.

However, as Shaq said, the job isn’t finished yet. Nuggets head Michael Malone also realizes that reaching the Western Conference Finals isn’t their goal this season.

“Our goal was never to get to a Game 7,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “Our goal when we started this whole season was to win a championship,

Their biggest challenge yet will be beating the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals. And if they do, they’ll take on the Miami Heat or the Boston Celtics in the Finals.