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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.

(HT: SLAM)
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Since: Sep 23, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 7:19 pm
 

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

And yet another poorly written article, (among many) what a surprise. I truly hope these "writers" just do it for fun and no one is stupid enough to pay for this drivel.




Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 6:50 pm
 

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

@Da Whole Truth  um okay I am no great Shaq fan, but to say "the real legends of the game leave their mark in the playoffs. He's been sporadic in that regard."  I mean he did win 4 championships.  Yes he wasn't too hot his last several years, but I don't know how you can say he didn't make his mark in the playoffs when he won 4 championships and played very well in each of those playoff seasons.  Yes 5-7 championships would have been better, but other than Jordan and Pippen and possibly Kobe you aren't going to find too many in the last 2 decades to rival Shaq in the playoffs and in the Lakers first 3 championships it was much more Shaq than Kobe.



Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 6:23 pm
 

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

Shaq has and always will tell it like it is, i cant wait for the season to start so i can watch the half time show of him a Barkley going back and forth saying whatever comes to mind, i cant help but laugh.



Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 6:10 pm
 

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

I am curious if Shaq holds himself accountable for anything.  He is so quick to judge and take jabs at everyone else.  Does he talk about how he was constantly showing up out of shape and not willing to put in his time to improve his game?  Does he talk about how lazy he often was? 

If Shaq had put in even half the effort that players like Magic, Bird, Kobe, and Jordan did, he would have been the best center of all time.  Take away his size, and Shaq had nothing.  He had virtually no skill outside of about seven feet from the hoop.  He was a player who relied entirely upon his size and ability to bowl people over in the paint.  Dominating?  Yes.  Skillful?  No.

However, Shaq is proving one thing with this book...something he has always been exceptionally good at...talking.  All talk.



Since: Jul 12, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 5:57 pm
 

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

You must be stuck in Cleveland....



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 5:19 pm
 

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

I love Shaq.  I love how he's always willing to say what's on his mind, about anyone.  I love the Diesel, Big Aristotle, and all the other monikers he bestowed on himself over the years.  But I wonder if, during his shots at all these other players and coaches, if Shaq ever admits in the book that he was basically useless for the last 3-5 years of his career.  He was totally unreliable, and when he was on the court, he no longer striked fear in anyone, and his productivity was marginal at best.  He's a deserved Hall of Famer, but he hasn't lived up to being the missing piece that was needed in either Cleveland or Boston.  I wish he would have at least beaten the BeJesus out of Kobe (or perhaps even "killed" him).  That would have made for a much more interesting finale to his career, which instead just fizzled out.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 4:57 pm
 

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

Shaq was suppose to be the final piece in Cleveland for Lebron...D Wade and Bosh were suppose to bring Lebron a title...Now a year wasted with the lockout...Lebron could be 30 before another chance at a title...



Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 4:50 pm
 

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

I would love to know if someone did piss him off prior to the last playoff game against Detroit(?) when he disappeared. He sure acted like a person that was mad at his team/coach/owner and went out of his way to show what will happen if he let's the others shoot all the shots. He was as passive as he could ever be. That is why real basketball fans don't fall for all the media created hype...he can dunk and make some 3's, but the real legends of the game leave their mark in the playoffs. He's been sporadic in that regard.



Since: Nov 25, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 4:43 pm
 

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

When did Shaq EVER get back on defense after a missed shot?



Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 4:20 pm
 

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

The media sold Shaq as well.... Wilt said he was getting calls as a rookie that he never got in his whole career. Of course Shaq took the high road and said "Wilt couldnt hold my Jock strap". Stay Classy San Diego.


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