The NCAA tournament is currently taking a break, with the Sweet Sixteen part of the competition starting Thursday, but for all the entertainment O'Neal is not getting overexcited.
It seems it's a specific part of the college process that has got O'Neal hump, as he claims the quality of March Madness has decreased.
"The level of play isn't the same like it was 4 or 5 years ago," he told TMZ Sports.
In 1996, he became the youngest player to play in the NBA at only 18 years, one month and 22 days (a record that has since been passed by Andrew Bynum).
So this means that O'Neal is in a good position to suggest that not every player needs further preparation than high school ball to make the NBA.
Back when he left for the NBA the league hadn't put in the rule that meant a player had to be one year left from high school to have a crack at the big league.