For NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, LeBron James has already cemented his status as one of the all-time great players, and adding more rings to his resume won’t change that narrative.
Much of the offseason talk has surrounded LeBron and his next potential destination–and if he will leave the Cleveland Cavaliers again. The future Hall of Famer, who has taken a team to the NBA Finals in eight straight seasons, could conceivably join a stacked roster in an attempt to dethrone the Golden State Warriors, who have won three of the last four titles.
O’Neal, in an interview with ESPN, cited his own journey during the late stages of his career. Speaking from experience with pit stops in Phoenix, Cleveland, and Boston, O’Neal would not want to see LeBron make a similar move.
"Somebody told me a long time ago – they said your book is already set [before the later stages of your career],” he said. “You can add index pages toward the end, but your book is already set. So, LeBron's book is already set.”
Shaq won three championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and one with the Miami Heat during his 19-year career. His last title with the Heat came as the Robin to Dwyane Wade’s Batman.
LeBron could still return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, although their roster as currently constructed is not as conducive to winning a title. The versatile forward could also seek out a roster that would alleviate some of the responsibility from him, as the Cavaliers still lost a Finals Game in which LeBron erupted for 51 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists.
The Cavs can offer LeBron a maximum 5-year, $205 million extension.
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