Shaquille O’Neal’s attempt to give advice to Jaylen Brown backfired 


“I’m going to give you some G-14 classification information.”

Shaquille O’Neal tried to pass some advice to Jaylen Brown after Game 2 of the NBA Finals. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

Jaylen Brown and the rest of his Celtics teammates have dealt with plenty of outside noise throughout this current playoff run. 

Prior to Game 2 of the NBA Finals, Brown even had to field questions about his place in Boston’s talent hierarchy after Jason Kidd stirred the pot by labeling him the best player on the Celtics’ roster. 

Amid all of the drama and distractions, Hall of Famer and TV analyst Shaquille O’Neal offered up some advice for Brown after Game 2 of the NBA Finals about tuning out the noise. 

But the manner in which O’Neal delivered the message to Brown on NBA TV didn’t exactly resonate with the Celtics forward — at least not at first. 

“I’m going to give you some G-14 classification information because this is going to be the last time you see me,” O’Neal told Brown. “It’s a riddle. Do not get fixated on useless titles. Do what you gotta do. It doesn’t matter who’s who or they say who’s what. It ain’t time for all that right now. Do what you gotta do and get it done.”

For those unaware, O’Neal’s “G-14 classification” is a nod to the film “Rush Hour”, which hit theaters in September 1998 — when Brown was under two years old. Whether it be the older film reference or O’Neal’s vague comparison to Kidd’s comments, his sage advice didn’t land. 

Brown nodded in agreement with O’Neal’s comments, but was immediately called out by NBA TV host Matt Winer.

“I understand. Yes sir, I appreciate it,” Brown said.

“That made sense to you,” Winer asked Brown. 

“No,” Brown replied. 

O’Neal’s re-do attempt was a bit clearer in terms of what he was trying to get across to Brown. 

“OK, well let me break it down. They’re trying to separate you and your guy by saying who’s better,” O’Neal said. “I’m saying don’t worry about useless titles. It don’t matter who the man is. Kobe’s the man, Shaq’s the man, it don’t matter. I’m getting my 40, Kobe’s getting his 39, let’s go win these championships. Since you didn’t understand, I had to break it down to you.”

Regardless of where exactly Brown places in terms of value on Boston’s roster, both he and the rest of his teammates now sit just two wins away from that sought-after championship.

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