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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: May 2, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 9:25 pm

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

tones999, i will probably buy the book. im interested to see what he has to say.  he was apart of my youth. heck he was my youth. i used to go for autographs of all sports and actors/actresses. i grew up chasing him and all the other players around, wanting to meet them. i feel as thou id like to know more of the behinds the scenes that none of us see.  I can remember as if it were yesterday seeing him in person when he was a rookie. i was just this small kid and he was this huge giant.  Ive never been next to anything that big since besides a tree. 

But yes, he wants to sell his book. he's got bills and kids to pay for. But honestly, Ill try and by the book on discount on ebay after someone else reads it. 

Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 9:21 pm

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

pizza, not to many of his teams lost and yes he lost just like everyone does but he was a force that made teams click. i honestly liked him ever since i saw him play for LSU.  Shaqfu, wasnt afraid to say it like it was. I liked his antics ala Barkley. He was funny and yet graceful. It will be interesting to see what he gets into next after this book, maybe broadcasting with Charles. 

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 9:13 pm

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

I have always been a shaq fan.... Go so far as to say that I have a shaq daddy christmas tree ornament that goes right next to troy aikman... hangin out on the same branch!...   The best thing about shaq is not only was he a talented basketball player, but he has a personality for entertainment... As the exploits off the court with movies, games, cop dreams and personal and public exploits with his friendemys are all testiment to... and a family man to boot....  god bless him that he has made enough money to support his family/friends for a long time....  as for the book, we should expect nothing less than something entertianing and I am sure he has hired the right folks for the job....   He continues to make good decisions (like retirement from the NBA - Thanks Shaq.. it was time)......  Keep on.... keepin on... look forward to the next story about you on sportscenter.!... Thats it.. you should replace Stuart Scott at the highlight desk.!...

Since: Feb 23, 2010
Posted on: November 2, 2011 8:55 pm

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

This just proves my theory that Shaquille O'Neal can do anything. He can rap, he can swim, he can cook, and he can write a book. Even a comedian, after watching many episodes of his reality TV show Shaq Vs. Shaquille O'Neal could play basketball like nobody's business, and no doubt about the fact that we are going to miss him. He is a very talented man and I wish him good luck in the path after basketball. This book is going to be amazing.

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 8:49 pm

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

People, Shaq is trying to sell a book.  The more dirt he dishes, the more the public wants to read.  I would like to read it for entertainment value.  Is it 100% accurate?  Probably not.  Will it be a fun read?  Absolutely.  Will he portray himself to be a villain?  Not in this lifetime.

Since: Feb 14, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 8:34 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.

Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 8:26 pm

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

the only thing shwak ever dominated was the big and tall store down the block.  if not for his supporting staff, Mr. Trudges Down The Court doesn't do diddley.

Since: Aug 22, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 8:19 pm

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

The bottom line is this, regardless of what anybody writes and post on this CBS blog, Shaq was the most dominate player in the NBA for years and years, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James were grossly immature, and missing the college life plays a big part in how thye handle social situations and life itself. Lebron continues to display immaturity, where as at least Kobe can admit he was very immature during those championship years while playing with Shaq. People need to stop posting comments based on thair favoritism towards their favorite player. During Shaq's tenure in Cleveland while making that playoff run, had Lebron swallowed his pride and fed the ball down in the post, rather than trying to be a folk hero and carry the team all by himself, Cleveland would have beaten Boston easily. Because with Lebron ignoring Shaq, it allowed Kendrick Perkins to rest of defense, and although Shaq wasn't th eplayer he was in his prime, he still had the ability to put teams in the penalty midway through quarters. It's a reason why kids play in high school, college, before entering the pros. College basketball exist for a reason, playing college basketball is a stepping stone and a learning curve in life and dealing with pressure packed situations, as well as learning how to socialize in life Its very evident that Kobe Bryant and Lebron James struggled socializing with their teammates. The media played a big part in that, because its all about marketing the product, because in marketing Kobe and Lebron, everybody benefits financially. If you criticize the product, everybody loses. Kobe was a jealous hearted individual that wanted to be an icon before paying his dues, likewise with Lebron. You can't learn and cope with life when everybody in your circle are YES people. Cleveland got what they deserved in catering to a grossly immature kid with no college education. Its like buying love, a person that buys love will never be respected. Cleveland tried to buy Lebron's love and he never respected them.

Since: Jan 17, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 7:56 pm

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

Writing classes begin next semester....try to keep up....we do not need anymore boring essays people....we need INFORMATION! 

Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: November 2, 2011 7:39 pm

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

Like his highness the UNCUT Shaqaretardo has never been "pampered".???? What The that is like amazing and farout at the same time.  Did his wife really leave him?  He must be hurting if she did for she is a fine looking mamma.  It is funny in that you hear nithing from Kobe about Shaq, but flip the coin and it is like Shaq is so jealous of Kobe.  Kobe this and Kobe that.  Kobe Kobe Kobe I Love Kobe.....Word.

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