Shaquille O'Neal's criticism of the five-year, $205-million extension handed to Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert last year appears to have been spurred at least in part by jealousy.
During an appearance on "The Rex Chapman Show" earlier this month, O'Neal admitted to being jealous of the lucrative contracts in today's NBA.
"I'm jealous, but I'm happy," O'Neal said around the 25:50 mark. "I'm jealous because I always thought that you had to have Michael-Jordan, superb-type numbers to get that type of money. That's what it was in my era, but I'm happy for the kids. Reason why I bring up Rudy Gobert, people think I'm hating, it's not. He's a good big man; I'm used to dealing with great big men, right?"