Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard and former Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O’Neal have been trading entertaining diss tracks this week.

It’s a little reminiscent of last year’s dust-up between Lillard and Sacramento Kings rookie Marvin Bagley III, but this time, Lillard is taking aim at an NBA Hall of Fame player, TNT broadcaster and owner of a platinum record in 1994, “Shaq Diesel.”

It seemed to start with a comment by Lillard on a Joe Budden podcast, where Lillard said “I think I rap better than Shaq … people [weren’t] looking at it like he was a real rapper. It was like ‘That’s Shaq rapping,’ so of course, it was a big deal.”

Shaq responded with a song calling out Lillard: “Lyrically, I’m three-time Finals MVP / I can’t believe some clown is testing me.”  Lillard came back with a response this morning, with verses like: “This a different era, you the past and you the pass / Said yourself that I’m a Tesla no longer need diesel gas”

While Shaq’s song is in the vein of big-brother-little-brother, Lillard’s answer shows little brother can punch hard. And with NBA training camps just around the corner, it’s not clear how much further Lillard has time to take this, but it’s certainly entertaining to watch while we wait for the season to start.

Listen to both tracks below.

 
 
 
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