OAKLAND -- Jermaine O'Neal felt a verbal altercation with Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin during Wednesday's game did "cross the line," so he felt it was appropriate to address it with Griffin even after the game.

Clippers beat writers observed O'Neal in a Staples Center hallway initiating a tense conversation with Griffin that ended with a handshake after the Warriors had lost 111-98. O'Neal had been assessed a technical foul with 8:55 left after jawing during a timeout at Griffin, who finished the game with 30 points and 15 rebounds.

"Things are said during games that necessarily shouldn't be said or done," O'Neal said Friday. "But then as men, you sit down and you talk about it. Or you stand up and you talk about it, and you shake on it and move on.

Golden State Warriors’ Jermaine O’Neal (7) drives in the first half of their NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, March 7,
Golden State Warriors' Jermaine O'Neal (7) drives in the first half of their NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, March 7, 2014. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area New Group) (RAY CHAVEZ)

"I don't have any animosity toward him. Hopefully, he doesn't have any animosity toward me, and that's pretty much it."

O'Neal said he addressed his postgame conversation Thursday with the NBA office, which has not announced any formal reprimand. The Los Angeles Times reported the Clippers had reported the incident to the league and that it wasn't necessarily well received by Griffin.

"Why you going to walk up on me like that?" Griffin asked O'Neal, according to the report. "Leave that (stuff) on the court. Leave that (stuff) on the court."

"Man, I'm a monster off the court," O'Neal replied.

O'Neal said he had "a lot" of respect for Griffin as a player, but that an issue arose during the game that needed to be addressed afterward off the court. O'Neal said it was "a conversation that needed to be had."

"I think it's understood what the line is, and again, we're paid to be basketball players and to play the game the right way and do things the right way," O'Neal said. "And when you cross the line of saying things and doing things and you address it and you move on, and we moved on.

"I don't have any issues with him beyond that point. There's nothing that will go on to the next game, and I'm sure he feels the same way."

O'Neal emphasized that he and Griffin shook hands and said there was mutual respect between two Pacific Division rivals that could meet in the postseason.

"There's definitely no love lost or no love gained in this series," O'Neal said.

"Things that happen on the court ultimately can determine how fans feel towards other fans on the opposite side, so you want to be careful on what happens on the court and have people understand that it is a basketball game," O'Neal said. "It is entertainment. We want to make sure that we keep it as entertainment and give the fans a product that they enjoy to watch, and let the outcome be determined based off how good the teams played and not necessarily what was said during and after the game. That's something that I thought about, and I think that's why the conversation needed to be had after the game to address it."

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