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Dwight Howard rants over Shaquille O’Neal’s criticism of his performance, disrespectful description in Taiwan’s T1 League

Dwight Howard rants over Shaquille O'Neal's criticism of his performance, disrespectful description in Taiwan's T1 League

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Dwight Howard won’t back down again on the newest criticism aired by Shaquille O’Neal about his current endeavors of playing overseas.

When Howard took Taiwan’s T1 League by storm on his debut this week, dropping 38 points, 25 boards, nine assists, four blocks, and attempting an unexpected 10 three-pointers, basketball circles were amazed at how he is still fully capable of playing at a high level amid his age. The future Hall of Famer even followed it up with another strong showing of 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 9 assists for the Taoyuan Leopards.

Despite the general praise he received and continuing to garner on his new career gig, O’Neal didn’t find Howard’s dominance in Taiwan as amusing – noting that the big man is very much expected to drop those massive numbers.

“You should never be complimented for being a good fighter because that’s what you’re supposed to do. He’s supposed to have 30 points playing against a dude 5’8. Good job,” O’Neal said. “This league reminds me of a Lifetime Fitness league every Saturday when I go workout on Saturday. Great job Dwight, I’m proud of you.”

As a response, Howard himself didn’t mince his words as he reacted to O’Neal’s criticism about his robust display down in the Taiwanese League. 

He also downplayed the four-time champion’s description of the league, stating that it is “highly disrespectful” amongst his teammates, the entire tourney, and Taiwan locals.

“The world is too big to hate on another man. I’ve never in my life hated on you as a man, as a basketball player, anything like that. Have I joked about or mimicked your voice, have I mimicked what I see on TV? Everybody does that, comedians do that, people do that all the time, and I do that all the time but I do not hate on people,” Howard said on his Instagram live, per BasketNews.

“I know I show love to everyone in the world. Stop hating. I saw a video of you talking about me playing basketball in Taiwan, and I’m playing at a Lifetime Fitness league. Do not disrespect my teammates and this league and these people in Taiwan like that,” he continued. “That is highly disrespectful and it’s hating. You’re too old to be hating. You’re too big to be hating. You’re supposed to be superman, the original superman.”

Both Howard and O’Neal share a lengthy feud, with the latter starting to be offended about the “Superman” moniker that the 36-year-old big man has boasted in the initial…

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