Shaquille O’Neal, being a retired NBA legend, played with two other NBA greats in different times of his career – Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. Naturally, O’Neal could expect people to ask him who was better in their prime.
O’Neal was asked that question on the Dan Patrick’s Show, and Shaq explained his point of view.
“I played with both of them,” O’Neal said. “You know, Kobe has that killer instinct. And I’d probably have to go with Kobe.”
He added that it wasn’t a knock against LeBron James though.
“It’s just that I know Kobe and I played with him longer. I’ve seen what he can do,” O’Neal explained.
He further said that James also does have that killer instinct, but the comparisons people make with LeBron aren’t exactly correct.
“…a lot of people try to compare him to Mike, when he’s more like Magic [Johnson]. But, you know, when he needs to take over a game, he will,” O’Neal said.
“He’s really, really smart, he’s very intelligent,” Shaq said on LeBron. “He lets the game come to him. And he relies on others. Magic relied on others and it worked out well for him. LeBron has relied on others these past five years, it’s working out for him.”
Shaquille O’Neal was a dominant force long before he entered the NBA and got drafted by the Orlando Magic in 1992. O’Neal went on to become just as dominant in the NBA, being selected to 15 all-star Games, and winning 4 NBA titles (three with Los Angeles Lakers, one with Miami Heat).
He is considered to be among the best centers ever to play in the NBA. O’Neal played in 1207 NBA games (1197 started), averaging 23.7 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 2.3 bpg in 34.7 minutes of action.
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