“If he was in my locker room, I would have knocked his ass out.”
That’s Shaquille O’Neal pulling no punches on his disdain for Ben Simmons on Sunday night after the 76ers got bounced from the playoffs.
… and Shaq was so disgusted with the way Ben played — and then explained his terrible performance — he talked about how HE would’ve dealt with Ben if Simmons was his teammate.
Shaq’s comment drew shock and even some laughs from his “Inside the NBA” co-hosts … but Shaq replied, “I ain’t laughing.”
24-year-old Simmons — the #1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft — did not play well during the series against the Atlanta Hawks … especially during that crucial Game 7.
In fact, Ben only scored 5 points — including 1 point in the 4th quarter — in a 103 to 96 loss to ATL.
After the game, Simmons told ESPN, “I ain’t shoot well from the line this series … Offensively, I wasn’t there. I didn’t do enough for my teammates. … There’s a lot of things that I need to work on.”
During the post-game show, Shaq was critical of Simmons.
“If I played Game 1 and 2 and I know I’m not helping my teammates, what do you think I’m going to do in Game 3? It don’t take you seven games to realize that, I don’t wanna hear that man.”
“It don’t take seven games for you to know that you’re not playing right … Get right!”
Shaq continued, “He’s not getting double-teamed, just be aggressive, that’s all I want. I don’t want to hear all that, stop that, cut it out.”
As for the Hawks, they’ll move on to play the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conf. Finals.