Dwyane Wade has denied that he would have won his first title without Shaquille O'Neal following what appears to be a budding rap rivalry between the latter and Portland Trail Blazers superstar guard Damian Lillard.
So yeah, Shaq vs. Dame is a thing now. It started when the Blazers star went on Joe Budden's podcast last month and claimed to be a better rapper than the former Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat big man.
“I think I rap better than Shaq. I’ve heard Shaq’s stuff,” Lillard declared. “I think he was viewed as Shaq, though. People was like, this Shaq. It wasn’t like, Shaq and Biggie. People weren’t looking like this a real rapper. It was like, ‘That’s Shaq rapping.’ So, of course, it was a big deal.”
Of course, Shaq did not take kindly to the comment and responded via a diss track uploaded to Instagram. The weird music video shows a grotesque Shaq puppet spitting out around three minutes of bars insulting Lillard.
One of the most notable quotes goes: “Take your time to respond, there is no hurry / You’ll never be Westbrook, never be Curry”
Another goes: “What’s in your wallet, American Express or Visa / Talkin’ like your Bron, You ain’t even Trevor Ariza.”
Lillard wasted no time in clapping back, with his response, "Reign Reign Go Away" surfacing on Soundcloud. In it, the guard claims that Kobe Bryant won O'Neal his three rings in L.A and he wouldn't have gotten his fourth without Wade in Miami.
Wade, though, has told TMZ that he doesn't agree.
"No, not at that time," he explained. "I was young in the league trying to figure it out. I needed somebody like Shaq to help me ... gimme me the keys and let me drive the car. I appreciate him doing that."
The Miami legend added that he doesn't reckon Shaw and Lillard are actually upset with each other and are trading their barbs in good fun.
It should be noted that Shaq has some real credentials in the music industry. His first album, Shaq Diesel, sold a million copies and the second, Shaq-Fu: Da Return is certified Gold by the RIAA.
Lillard has released three albums of his own, starting off with The Letter O in 2016 and Confirmed the following year. Big D.O.L.L.A dropped back in August.
Given basketball and hip-hop's close ties, multiple NBA stars, including Bryant and Allen Iverson, waded into rap during their careers. However, Shaq and Lillard really seem like the only ones who could have had a legitimate music career if their lives had gone in that direction.