Shaquille O’Neal and LeBron James: Just To Get a Rep

August 8th, 2010 by Max Goodwin Leave a reply »

I wanted to write about what Shaq brings to the Boston Celtics. I was going to point out how he fits with the veteran element of the team and brings more depth to a platoon of post players in Boston. But a different thought came to mind. A thought that has almost nothing to do with this upcoming season for the Celtics, but more to do with LeBron James and the Miami Heat.

We have crucified the league's Chosen One for abandoning a franchise in the prime of his own career. This is not what MJ would have done. This is not what Magic would have done. But the truth is, there are great players who give their loyalty to their own pursuit of a championship, regardless of what franchise they help bring glory to. Shaq has made a career of leaving his team in the dust to join other superstar's championship-caliber teams.

So why is it that Shaq is one of the most beloved players in recent memory of the NBA? Meanwhile LeBron has been treated like a villain for his decision to leave Cleveland and join Dwayne Wade's pursuit of a championship...the same thing Shaq once did after leaving LA and the Lakers. Honestly, Shaq never showed much loyalty to the organ ...

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