instagram / Jul 13, 2014 / 2:45 pm

Shaq Provides Context To LeBron’s Move On Instagram

Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O’Neal (photo. shaq instagram)

Shaquille O’Neal played 19 seasons in the NBA and suited up for six different teams in the process. Though he’ll be best remembered for his days with the Los Angeles Lakers, O’Neal came to superstardom with the Orlando Magic and won an additional title with the neighboring Miami Heat. He even played for three different franchises in the final three years of his career. As LeBron James takes some heat for returning to Cleveland, Shaq provided some clever, self-deprecating context to that decision and the state of The King’s career.

Congrats to da king

You gotta love the The Big Aristotle. O’Neal and James were teammates for Cleveland during the latter’s most recent season there in 2010, and Shaq clearly still holds LeBron in high-esteem.

Though O’Neal’s efforts to ease the criticism of James are noble, he’s missing the biggest takeaway here – that LeBron is held to the exalted standards of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and even Kobe Bryant as opposed to his own. And for some people, that James has switched teams a second time already puts him behind that legendary trio and players like them in basketball’s historical pecking order.

That’s not fair, of course, but expectations for LeBron never have been. Kudos to O’Neal for his self-effacing support of James regardless.

What do you think of Shaq’s post?

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  • SoulChorea

    LOL “Los Suns” and “Phoenix” are the same team

  • yclept

    Don’t laugh. You just can’t see the logic. It’s meant to show RAINBOW colors. Okay?

  • yclept

    And, you’re welcome. :)

  • Suava

    thats real

  • Matt

    Michael Jordan Played For The Wizards The Last Two Years Of His Career .

  • SoulChorea

    I don’t get what that has to do with LeBron tho ?

  • yclept

    ‘Cause people get mad at LeBron for ditching MIA. Shaq wants to say that he’s been in 6 different teams in his career.

  • SoulChorea

    Ohhh like “I’ve played for all the colors in the rainbow, and y’all are mad at Lebron”. Well I get it but anytime I see a rainbow reference, I automatically think it’s a LGBT reference so I was like what is Shaq trying to say here lol