Shaquille O'Neal and Dwight Howard weren't exactly the best of friends while Shaq was still playing in the NBA. But any grudge O'Neal might have isn't tainting his outlook on the ongoing Howard-Stan Van Gundy saga.
Rather than blasting Howard, who allegedly called for Van Gundy's firing, O'Neal is instead upset with the way the Magic coach has handled the situation.
"First of all, private conversations should never be brought public. I thought it was a bush league move by Stan Van Gundy, really, personally," O'Neal said. "First of all, he's lost his team forever now. That right there can never be repaired."
O'Neal, of course, is referring to this past week's developments, in which Van Gundy confirmed to reporters that Howard had indeed called for his firing.
"I was told it was true by people in our management right from the top," Van Gundy said this week.
Howard has denied doing such, but the damage done to the duo's relationship appears to be irreparable. Now, everyone seems to have an opinion on the matter, as some blame Howard for the whole mess, while others frown upon Van Gundy going public with the news and essentially breaking a locker room code.
Watch the video below to see the TNT crew discuss the matter.