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Shaq's not giving LeBron any advice

Posted on: June 27, 2011 11:25 am
Edited on: June 27, 2011 11:40 am
Posted by Royce Young

After the NBA Finals wrapped up, everyone seemed to have an opinion not just on LeBron, but for LeBron. He should do this, do that, pass here, score there. LeBron is the most talented player in the world and he didn't play as well as we all expected, so all of the chatter is understandable.

One person, though, that's not going to pile on and add his two cents? Newly retired Shaquille O'Neal. Not even if LeBron asked for it. Via the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
"No," said Shaq, during a red, white and green carpet interview before his retirement party at the Palms on Saturday.

"Experience is the best teacher," he said, adding, "Michael (Jordan) told me 'You must fall before you can stand.'"

Shaq is entirely correct. Experience often is the very best thing that LeBron can learn from. And that Jordan quote is one that's been slung around for a while. Jordan didn't win his first title until he was 28. LeBron is 26. (Though it took Jordan seven seasons to win it and LeBron just completed his eighth.)

The two were teammates in Cleveland for a season and are pretty close. I'm sure Shaq's communicated with LeBron, he's just not doing it publicly, because really, why should he when he can just call or text LeBron?

I do appreciate that Shaq isn't adding to the million-voice choir that's got a word for LeBron. Even if he ended up kind of giving some with his MJ quote, the fact that Shaq recognizes he doesn't need to contribute is nice. It's gotten a bit nauseating having every current, former and even future NBA player tossing out a thought or two on what LeBron should've done.

Know what LeBron should've done? Played a little better so his team could've won. End of story. He didn't. And now, like Shaq says, he's got a bunch of experience to use and think about for next season. LeBron has a good number of years left and though he's 0-for-2 in The Finals, that doesn't mean it's all over. Still plenty of time to write a legacy.

Just ask Dirk.


Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: June 28, 2011 1:55 pm

Shaq's not giving LeBron any advice

shaq should just wake up tomorrow and go back to his life with the same issues and problems he had before--LeCrotch will continue to live his life as he sees fit to do----that includes, celebrating before he has won squat, dumping on teammates, getting coaches fired and of course--LECHOKING in the 4th qtr.

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: June 28, 2011 12:25 pm

Shaq's not giving LeBron any advice

Shaq got schooled by Olujuwan in his first Finals I believe, in a 4 game sweep.  Shaq recovered and went on to become one of the best centers in NBA history (I still rate Olujuwan higher, even though I am probably spelling his name wrong :( ). 

Lebron will probably get his ring...,maybe even 2-3 before all is said and done.  Heck maybe he can get 7...but man that was a dumb thing to say because it's so hard to win them.

Since: Jun 28, 2011
Posted on: June 28, 2011 8:41 am
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Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: June 28, 2011 1:40 am

Shaq's not giving LeBron any advice

You must be joking. Shaq was allowed his own rules for the better part of his career, due to his obvious charisma and ability as a marketing tool. Forget 3-second violation, for Shaq it had to be a 12-second violation. Add in the "rump-bump" offensive fouls that were never called, and all the dude did was be huge and personable for 15 years. Yay.

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: June 28, 2011 12:17 am

Shaq's not giving LeBron any advice

kobe stood right away
Yep on Shaqs shoulders.

Kobe didnt win a championship as the man until about 2 -3 years ago.  You must be talking about Magic.  He was the closest to doing it alone even though he had an aging kareem.

Since: Jun 27, 2011
Posted on: June 27, 2011 8:55 pm

Shaq's not giving LeBron any advice

so the quote u must fall before u stand??? kobe stood right away

Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: June 27, 2011 5:17 pm

Shaq's not giving LeBron any advice


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