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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: Jun 29, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 4:12 pm
 

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

lol that deserves its own chapter


D.WhoDatNation
Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 4:06 pm
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Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 3:59 pm
 

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

Special treatment never works. Players who feel entitles don't live up to their potential. Look at the USA teams of a decade ago- they believed their own press and thought they were so much better than opponents they would not have to work- thus the 3-7 place finishes even though they had the most talent.

Lebron and others are done a disservice when they are not held accountable.


TDAISON
Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 3:54 pm
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Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 3:54 pm
 

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

good post Buckeye...Miami is right place for him..at some point,a wannabe is going get real upset when he and his boys walk into the local Gentlemen's Club and get told to move on.. a witness said,I thought it was car backfire..over/under is 2 years..



Since: Aug 16, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 3:44 pm
 

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

having lived in Akron my whole life & seeing LeBron from the start, i completely believe everything Shaq said because most of us Cavs fans saw it first-hand and were already aware of it.  LBJ never listened to Mike Brown and EVERYONE in the area knew it.  Brown was just someone used to fill the position since the league says you have to have a coach.  we knew how things were with LeBron and the team and that was probably Gilbert's biggest mistake.  When you see how LeBron acts when he's out on the town with his boys, you know what kind of guy he truly is and it's not a shock that he had (and may have demanded) special treatment.  I mean, the guys is a multi-millionaire but goes to a bar and expects to drink for free...and if you actually do charge him, he wont leave you a tip at all because he's pissed that he had to pay for Patron.  And although he can be the biggest jerk and assume he "above" everyone else in real life, as long as he puts on a show to fool everyone and does charities for the kids, then we can let it slide.  That's just how it is with LBJ and how it'll always be.  he's been treated like a "King" since he was 16 - we'd all probably be like that too if that's all we knew.  "it is what it is".



Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 3:37 pm
 

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

YEA RIGHT... COM-ON MAN........



Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 3:35 pm
 

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

ALL THE COMMENT ABOUT THIS IS TRUE SO WHY DO MEDIA PEOPLE KEEP SELLING LEBRON???? HUMMMMMMM. ANSWER THAT.



Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 3:25 pm
 

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

Look you know that shaq is right.So don't get mad at him ..get mad at  the over payed players. People need to see it for them self just watch any tape on lebron's game he's all hype. It's all true ,shaq didn't hold back .good some of the rest of the old school pleayers need to say something as well.the game has is gone to the media and selling kick's. thank you shaq... keeping it real. I wish some of you wolud ask some of these new cat's who they respect.. they will all say money..... now thats sad......game over...



Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 3:21 pm
 

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

Step back one moment to the Olympics..Coach K ran the show and everyone played in the sandbox together..why was that; Because Coach K would have sent him home..like Duke hoops or not..that is why they win.



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