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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: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 3, 2011 8:15 am

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

Have anybody seen or heard of the "Mike and Mike in the Morning" TV/Radio show on ESPN?  They have a weekly "Just Shut Up Award."  I think that award this week should go to Shaq and should be awarded to him every time somebody reads a page of his pathetic book.  First question is "Why?" This dude is having some serious ego issues.  The problem with Oneal is he has been so big for so long that it's difficult for him to be out of the spot light.  He was the biggest kid in kintergarden, the first kid at his school to dunk a basketball, the most dominate center in LSU history, quickly became the icon of the center position in the NBA, instant fame in Orlando, megamillion deal to play for the one of the most historic franchises in the history of the NBA in one of the top media markets in the world.............................a

nd all of that came crashing to a halt when somebody with equal star power start playing with him (Kobe).  Shaq couldn't handle it.  For the first time in his life he wasn't the lone star in the sky or the biggest ego in the room.  Plus it pissed him off when Kobe's work-ethic during the off-season made him a viable option in the 4th quarter while he was on the bench sucking wind.  Every thing changed and Shaq has been a one-man wrecking crew since then.  It's funny to me how you never seen him say anything to Lebron when they were chasing a title together. 

Shaq, you are not Charles Barkley.  Most NBA fans find him at least a bit entertaining.  So please, The Big us all a favor, SHUT UP! 

Since: Oct 3, 2011
Posted on: November 3, 2011 7:50 am

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

"In what chapter does he discuss Delonte West banging LeDouche's mom?"

LOL, AxnJaxn.  Mike Brown should have told him not to bang Gloria.

LeBron should have gone to college and been coached by the General.  He'd have rings already if he had.  I guess money trumps everything.

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: November 3, 2011 7:26 am

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

Actually...the 3 second rule was created because of George Mikan.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: November 3, 2011 12:58 am

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

I am the first to say that LBJ is a bum and is probably the most overrated player in history.  However, that being said, Shaq is a dirtbag who is trying to sell more books.  The guy could have been the most dominant player of all time, instead he turned into a fat guy who drifted from team to team trying to latch on to another championship.  Go away fatty.

Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: November 3, 2011 12:57 am

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

What?  Cleveland pampered LeBron in a desperate effort to make his stupid ass happy?

I just can't fathom it.

Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: November 3, 2011 12:31 am

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

Everyone already knows LeBron is a fuck

Since: Mar 2, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:52 pm

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

I gave you 5 STARS for your remarks about traveling.  However, do you know where the 3 SECOND RULE came from ?  WILT THE STILT could just stand under the basket in the "old days" and wait for a pass to drop in the basket.  It was because of Chamberlain that the 3 second clock came into being.  Heck, back then most centers were 6' 3' !!!  KEEP the 3 second rule but stop the traveling !!!

Since: Dec 24, 2010
Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:24 pm

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

again shaq was the worst thing that ever happened to the nba. because of his size they changed the rules to accompany his inability to move without taking 3 or more steps which is breaking the most fundemental rule of the game "travelling". the nba liked his popularity and allowed him to play by adjusting a game that people have been playing for over 100 years with the rule that you can take "2" steps to the hoop. this is the difference between who can play basketball and who cant. did the nhl allow any player to just pick up the puck and throw it into the net because of their inability to play hockey correctly? i think not.......he started this disease called pro hop and now labron continues it along with many others. i calculated how many of these so-called superstars would be considered just ordinary players if they just called travelling when it should have been. they all would average around 10 pts per game instead of 25 to 30 and would not be considered great stars....oh and again i say as far as shaq goes...."shaq can read?" wait a minute "shaq can write?.................

Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 10:48 pm

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

Not a big fan of Shaq but I have to admit it, I want to read the book, it should be a fun read!

Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 9:26 pm

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

oh and tones999, its not just shaq you need to think of as telling the truth. all of media, is not telling you the truth. but thats whats great about being you or i. we can take in what they say and make a decision for ourselves what is true and what is not

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