Injuries have taken away quite a portion of Shaquille O’Neal’s NBA career, and he still seems to be bitter about it. As Shaq recalls, an injury during his last season with the Boston Celtics prevented him from reaching another goal.
‘If I hadn’t got hurt I would have went on and played my last season to try and break Wilt Chamberlain’s scoring record,” O’Neal said, Nola.com reported.
He went on to advise his former LA Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant not to back down from the game, if he still has something left in the tank.
“”If you still got something, you should go because once it’s done you can’t get it back,” O’Neal said.
The 37-year-old Bryant suffered the injury in a January game against the New Orleans Pelicans. Before the injury, Bryant averaged 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 35 games. Bryant, a 19-year veteran who has won five NBA championships with the Lakers, has played in just 41 games in the past two seasons because of injuries.
O’Neal said he’s not sad to see the Lakers’ decline after teaming with Bryant to win three consecutive NBA championships with the franchise from 2000-02.
”I had to tuck those feelings away when I became a (minority) owner of the Sacramento Kings,” O’Neal said. ”I’m a business man. Every four or five years, I have to reconnect my computers.”
Bryant and O’Neal have not always been on the best of terms with each other, but joining with Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson brought them three NBA titles, something O’Neal didn’t accomplish with his former team Orlando Magic.
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