Shaquille O’Neal gasps: “I’m so glad I got to see him play live” after Nikola Jokic stuns with his masterclass in the NBA Finals

Game recognizes game and Shaquille O’Neal lives by it.

The 51-year-old legendary NBA star was impressed as he watched Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic dominate the first game of the NBA Finals.

Shaquille O'Neal was impressed by Nikola Jokic's Game 1 performance


Shaquille O’Neal was impressed by Nikola Jokic’s Game 1 performancePhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty
Nikola Jokic is a two-time NBA MVP


Nikola Jokic is a two-time NBA MVPPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty

After the game, the NBA TV crew and Shaq, along with Charles Barkley, Grant Hill and Matt Winer, discussed Denver’s win.

The Nuggets defeated them intense heat in Game 1 he scored 104-93 to take a 1-0 lead and Shaq was full of praise for Jokic.

“He’s the epitome of letting the game come to you… This guy is super impressive as a big man and I’m glad I got to see him live.”

Jokic was unstoppable in Game 1, ending Denver’s win over the Heat with 27 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds.

NBA exec reveals when Ja Morant's suspension will be announced
Jokic is looking to lead his team to another crucial win in the epic NBA Finals

It’s his sixth triple-double in his last seven games.

Shaq continued to praise the two-time NBA MVP and expressed that tonight Jokic showed why he is a great player.

“He is the true definition of a great player. Not only does he make himself look good, he makes everyone else look good too.”

Jokic later joined the show to do an post-game interview with NBA TV and was asked by Hill, “Growing up abroad, who did you want to base your game on?”

Jokic jokingly replied, “I think it’s Shaq,” before laughing and pointing at him.

Shaq quickly replied, “That means a lot, brother.”

Jokic replied: “No, I’m just kidding.”

At the end of the interview, Shaq does something he rarely does and praises another centermate.

Shaq is known for harshly criticizing and making high demands on tall men.

Before Jokic left, Shaq gave him an important message: “One last thing: I don’t give a lot of props to a lot of big boys, but I give you all the props in the world bro.”

“Very, very, very impressive to look at.”

“Thank you Shaq, that means a lot to me,” Jokic replied.

Denver meets the Heat in the second game of the NBA Finals on Sunday.


ClareFora is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. ClareFora joined Dailynationtoday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

Related Articles

Back to top button