After former Los Angeles Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant tagged him as lazy, Shaquille O’Neal clapped back with an Instagram post.
Via his Instagram, O’Neal posted the photo below captioned “Dam I was so lazy” as he threw down a monster dunk against several New Jersey Nets players during the 2002 NBA Finals.
The photo was during the Lakers’ three-peat years led by Kobe and Shaq. Back then and up until now, the “Big Aristotle” was tagged as the most dominant player on the court. The photo shows him being corralled by the Nets in an effort to stop him. But as also seen in the photo, their efforts failed.
Recently, Bryant claimed that O’Neal could’ve been the greatest basketball player of all time and they could’ve easily won 12 titles with the Lakers. However, what prevented O’Neal from achieving this feat is that he didn’t put the work in, according to Bryant. Before, Shaq has admitted that he didn’t work hard in practice during his career. But in the post above, he seems to have been affected by Bryant’s comments.
Either way, it’s still a great thought to entertain. If Shaq was really “lazy” during his heydays, what if he exerted more than a hundred percent? Would the Lakers be named as the greatest team ever? Also, would O’Neal be the greatest of all time, surpassing Michael Jordan?
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