One of those statements is a belief in his talent, and one is talking about being recognized when he travels. They're not related statements. Unless you're saying that since he said "I'm going to dominate" then had a series of injury riddled seasons, he's now a pathological liar. The truth is, it's not that important whether he's recognized or not. It's really a non-issue.
I think a bigger issue is that people keep bringing up that a past belief that he would return to all-star form is somehow a negative. As if the article in the original post doesn't quote O'Neal as saying he likes Phoenix because he's having fun playing there, in that environment.