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Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:17 am
Edited on: November 2, 2011 2:02 pm
By Matt Moore

Shaquille O'Neal's biography may wind up being the best-selling basketball biography of all time, simply because he tells enough dirt to get sales to an obscene level. After describing in detail his feud with Kobe Bryant (including saying he was going to "kill him") the latest excerpt leaked talks about another of the three superstars Shaq played with since 2000. This time, it's LeBron James. HoopsWorld has the excerpt: 
LeBron was a huge star. He was as big as I was in 2000 in L.A. when I was dominating the league. … Our coach, Mike Brown, was a nice guy, but he had to live on edge because nobody was supposed to be confrontational with LeBron. Nobody wanted him to leave Cleveland, so he was allowed to do whatever he wanted to do.

I remember one day in a film session LeBron didn’t get back on defense after a missed shot. Mike Brown didn’t say anything about it. He went to the next clip and it was Mo Williams not getting back and Mike was saying, “Yo, Mo, we can’t have that. You’ve got to hustle a little more.” So Delonte West is sitting there and he’s seen enough and he stands up and says, “Hold up, now. You can’t be pussyfooting around like that. Everyone has to be accountable for what they do, not just some us.” Mike Brown said, “I know, Delonte. I know.” Mike knew Delonte was right. …

I’m not sure if Kobe is going to listen to Mike Brown. LeBron never really did. Here’s what we do know: Kobe will definitely be in charge.
via NBA AM: Shaq Dishes on Kobe, LeBron | HOOPSWORLD | Basketball News & NBA Rumors.

This isn't a huge shocker, it was well known that Cleveland had let James do what he wanted in Cleveland prior to "The Decision" making the choice to leave in the manner he did all the more infuriating. But Mike Brown being rendered incompetent by management or ownership is a disturbing sign. Shaq's assertion that Bryant will run things in L.A. does overlook a pretty significant element, which is Jerry Buss' son Jim Buss being in charge, and looking to move away from the Phil Jackson era, which was Kobe-centric, as much as possible. Brown has said that the new offense will be focused on post play, which means Andrew Bynum, Jim Buss' favorite. Of course, that could just mean that the same problem Brown faced with LeBron in Cleveland could come into play with Bynum in L.A.

O'Neal also touches on Dwight Howard, bringing up the Superman thing again, and simultaneously insulting, challening, and sympathizing with Howard. Let me be yet another in a long line of people to wish O'Neal would drop the Superman thing. The iconic character has been around for over 60 years, Howard's physical makeup and personal ethos are much more in line with the alien superhero, and Howard's "Superman" dunk was a pretty iconic representation. The war is over, sir, you ar the Hall of Famer. Move on.


Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: November 11, 2011 1:18 pm

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

Come on! Edit! The last lane 
The war is over, sir, you ar the Hall of Famer. Move on

CBS! Pay attention

Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2011 3:13 pm

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

Is there a chapter about coming into the season fat and the Lakers losing the Finals directly based off his total lack of effort and production? I'd really like to read that.
You mean after they 3-peated?? At least he had something to show for it. What's LeBron got??

By the way, Kobe's numbers were also down that year too.

Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2011 3:02 pm

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

The big thing is though....many times the pampering is warranted.  Why?  Cause Lebron doesn't need Coach Brown to tell him in a game to play D.  He doesn't need to tell him how to play.  Lebron is a star; he knows how.
Whoosh you continue to make moronic statements on these boards.
If LeBron is not doing his job, he needs to be called out by the coach. How do you think dissention starts in the locker room? Just like that! The role players want to know the stars are just as accoutable---AND THEY SHOULD BE. They get paid millions and millions and they should be doing MORE not less!

Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 10:59 am

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

I know he'd be good in a Charles Barkley type roll...he'd need to be around other ex players who wouldn't take his word as gospel, yet could get him involved, allow him to shoot from the hip...he actually is funny, lord knows he knows the game...and surly he'd pull back that curtain a little so we'd get the dirt on the guys who are just looking for the check, and the ones who give a damn about the game, the fan, the rivalries, the cities they play for...

  just gotta get him from doin the Shaq slouch behind the desk...and speak into the microphone...there ya go, a role he could grow into...and if he just flops, give him a badge, a night stick, and let him play Dog the Bounty Hunter 

little ceasars
Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: November 3, 2011 9:33 pm
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Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2011 9:16 pm

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

Makes you wonder what a "tell all" book will do for his broadcast career. How many players will truly open up to him when they know they might be a chapter in his next book? 

little ceasars
Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: November 3, 2011 8:35 pm
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Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2011 2:25 pm

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

So, those of you banging on Shaq, do you know him presonally?  This book is an autobiography so he can write what he wants.  You can think of him what you want, but if you want credence, you gotta publish your work in a medium that reaches a large number of people.  If you complain about Shaq, write your own autobigoraphy and discuss your relationship with O'Neal.  If you haven't read the book, don't make any judgements until you read the book.  I do a lot of reading, I read when I walk, I read on the stationary bike, I read instead of watching TV, I read on public transportation and I read for my job.  I can say unequivocally that a book is a much better written piece than any short story or article on the web.

As for championships, how many have each of you won?  The only awards in people's work that could be related to championships are the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Purple Heart Medal, Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal.  I don't see your names on the small list of those honors.

You can write disrespectfully about Shaq the person, but unless you know him personally, you will only get to see what he wants you to see.  As for championships, when do degrees of championships even matter?  Are you saying Marie Curie's Nobel Prize in chemistry is any less worthy than Georg Wittig's Nobel Prize in chemistry?  Should Linus Pauling been awarded three Nobel Prizes instead of two?

You guys are nuts.  I think if you are going to quote passages from the book, you better had read the whole thing, talk to Shaq and the co-author and then give your synopsis.  Otherwise, do something good, like loading a cargo plane with water and supplies to help the victims of hurricane Katrina.  Volunteer as Santa Claus at a shelter.  Perform a lot of philanthropy that the press will never find out.   Oh, Shaq did those?

The reason I am bitching about this are the passages from Jerry West's book that were printed before the book's official release made no sense unless you read his latest book.

Long live people with purpose in life.

Since: Dec 30, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2011 12:10 pm

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

Stars get calls in the NBA. Live with it. Also, the traveling thing is funny to the NFL you could call a holding penalty on almost every play. No one adjusted the game, you act as though Shaq was the first big man superstar.

Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: November 3, 2011 10:07 am

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

Leron, LeBron, you have to show up in the fourth quarter....Jess Sayin'

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