Shaquille O’Neal: “Chris Paul is not better than Rajon Rondo. Rajon Rondo is the true definition of a point guard, period.”

December 1, 2011 – 5:45 am by Steven Cuce

With the NBA season starting up in less than a month on Christmas day now that the lockout has finally been lifted, let’s check in with Shaquille O’Neal. The Diesel is now a full-time media personality, which should be quite entertaining itself aside from the fact that he just published a book with the help of writer Jackie MacMullan called “Shaq Uncut: My Story.” The duo of Charles Barkley and Shaq Fu for TNT basketball broadcasts this season should be one for the ages.

Shaquille O’Neal joined 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston with Toucher & Rich to discuss his new book breaking the sacredness of the locker room, the environment of the Celtics locker room when Kendrick Perkins was traded, LeBron James not being hung over during game two of the Eastern Conference Finals in 2009, the rumors of the Celtics trading Rajon Rondo and getting Chris Paul, why he doesn’t think Paul is better than Rondo as a pure point guard, working for TNT this season, being critical of NBA players as an analyst and who will be in the NBA Finals this season.

You tell it all in your new book. Is there a part of you that if you were a player currently playing and a veteran released a book telling what happened in the locker room and things that you would of had an issue with that kind of breaking some sort of sacredness of the locker room?

“No. Listen the rule is when you put someone’s life or family in jeopardy then it is breaking rules. All the stuff I said in the book has already been talked about by the media and you guys. I know the rules. I didn’t jeopardize anyone’s family. I didn’t embarrass anybody. I was just telling stories.”

What was the environment in the locker room like when you guys found out Kendrick Perkins was gone?

“It was very sad and I was even said also because Kendrick Perkins was a great guy. We had great battles. He was just a great guy, but that’s the business of basketball. It was sad. He was like the heart and soul of our team. When he got traded and that just took all the air out of us.”

In 2009 game two of the Eastern Conference Finals was LeBron James hung over? That was the rumor:

“No he don’t drink, so he doesn’t drink. No way. [Host: Not at all?] No he doesn’t drink at all. No drinks.”

What are your thoughts on the rumors circulating that Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge is open to trading point guard Rajon Rondo and getting Chris Paul?

“I said to myself a long time ago from sitting here watching…I saw Patrick Ewing get traded. I saw Dominique Wilkins get traded. Everyone is tradeable, you could probably get a lot for Rajon Rondo but he is the heart and soul of the team. I don’t think that would be a good idea. If I was the general manager, I wouldn’t do it. [Hosts: You would not do it?] No. [Hosts: Even if it was for Chris Paul?] Chris Paul is not better than Rajon Rondo… Rajon Rondo is the true definition of a point guard, period. He gets everybody involved and he scores when he has to. Chris Paul scores a lot of points, but when was the last time they made it to the playoffs? Thank you very much.”

So you are going to be working for TNT now?

“Yes I am.”

Are you looking to be the “tell as it is” guy like a Charles Barkley or not afraid to step on toes?

“I am just going to tell the truth. I am not going to bash anybody. I don’t like what you did in a particular game…I am gonna say it. I am not going to try to embarrass anybody, but you know just tell it like it is.”

Who’s the biggest fraud in the NBA this year?

“There’s a lot of frauds. There’s always going to be a lot of frauds, but it should be an interesting year. I really look for Boston [Celtics] and the [San Antonio] Spurs to really come on strong. They were banged up towards the end of the year and there’s been a lot of rest this summer. I really look for Tim Duncan to have a great year and Mr.Garnett.”

Listen to Shaquille O’Neal on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston here

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  1. 11 Responses to “Shaquille O’Neal: “Chris Paul is not better than Rajon Rondo. Rajon Rondo is the true definition of a point guard, period.””

  2. Oh Shaq… your comments are always good for a laugh. Tell me this Shaq, would Rondo put up the numbers Paul does if he played on the Hornets? No. Case closed.

    By What? on Dec 2, 2011

  3. @What……….Have YOU ever seen Rondo play for any other team where he had to be the Top Scorer…..NO. Case Closed.

    By WB on Dec 2, 2011

  4. what he trying to say is that a point guard,get everyone involed in the game that y hornets did not win the game cause only paul was playing, and basketball is a team thing.look at this miami has the best three players in the game, but there was no one @ the point thats 1 of the reason they did not win

    By kelly on Dec 2, 2011

  5. Shaq is correct-Chris Paul is not a true point guard in comparison to Rondo-true guards don’t average 25points per game they leave that for the others to do–John Stockton did not average 25points per game and he was the bast at this position THANK YOU

    By Florence on Dec 2, 2011

  6. Stickying had mark malone 2nd all time scorer. Rondo has pierce garnett and Allen. Paul has?? D West? Come on people CP3 does what any floor general should do, he does what is asked of him…there’s no argument both are great in their own right and role but I doubt rondo could make the play of Ariza,west, okafor, or bellinelli anywhere clos or better than CP3

    By jimmy v on Dec 3, 2011

  7. Stockton * had Karl * Malone

    By jimmy v on Dec 3, 2011

  8. Stockton had karl malone 2nd all time scorer. Rondo has pierce garnett and Allen. Paul has?? D West? Come on people CP3 does what any floor general should do, he does what is asked of him…there’s no argument both are great in their own right and role but I doubt rondo could make the play of Ariza,west, okafor, or bellinelli anywhere clos or better than CP3

    By jimmy v on Dec 3, 2011

  9. Shaq is completely irrelevant if he is going to look at who is the better point guard under those circumstances. CP3 made the playoffs this year, and twice in a row two years prior. And it is funnny, because Rondo only averaged more assists than Chris Paul this season alone, with 11.4 over Pauls 9.8 CP3 had a higher assist and point average than Rondo since Rondo entered the league. Considering Rondo has much better talent around him as well is key. Look who Paul has in New Orleans, other than D West. Come on Shaq..simply Bias

    By bashmo on Dec 3, 2011

  10. People kill me with this what if Rondo played for another team foolishness. I dont live in “what if”. You tell me how many post season tripled doubles CP3 have, plus Rondo is always in the top 10 for both assist and steals. So what if CP3 played defense maybe he will have a ring like Rondo those.

    By TMATLOCKJR on Dec 6, 2011

  11. Tmat must not watch ball at all since as mentioned paul avaraged more assists every year other than last year and he set the record for games in a row w a steal and he either led or finished in top 3 in steals last 4 yr seriously?!

    By Payl_handsdown on Dec 6, 2011

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