NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal is currently enjoying his life off the court as a sports analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. However, the 15-time NBA All-Star expressed his intention to make a comeback for a team who needs a big man. Should the Los Angeles Lakers bring him back?
Shaquille O’Neal spent 19 seasons in the NBA where he played for six teams. These include the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Boston Celtics. O’Neal won four NBA championship titles, three with the Lakers and one with the Heat. In 19 seasons, he had a career average 23.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 2.3 blocks per game.
Shaquille O’Neal NBA comeback possible?
It was almost six years since O’Neal retired but it appears that there is still something left in his tank. Recently, O’Neal posted a video on his Instagram account of him dunking in a pick-up game. He also expressed his intention to join a team who needs a big man. However, his asking price is too much for a 45-year-old center.
“Any team who needs a big man, 100 million for 3 years,” O’Neal wrote. Of course, it’s only a joke. But it’s interesting to see how O’Neal can make himself fit in the small-ball strategy. In his 19-year stint in the NBA, he never hit a three-pointer and only averaged 52.7 percent from the free-throw line.
Shaquille O’Neal to the Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers ended the 2016-17 NBA season as the third worst team in the league. This gave them the opportunity to add another talented player on their team after getting the second overall pick in the NBA draft lottery. In the upcoming offseason, the Lakers will focus on the development of their young player.
The Lakers should consider tapping the service of Shaquille O’Neal. However, not as a part of their roster, but someone who can mentor their young big men like Ivica Zubac, Tarik Black, Julius Randle, and Larry Nance Jr. In the recent season, the Lakers’ defense was frequently criticized. They are currently the worst defensive team in the league, allowing 110.6 points per 100 possessions.
O’Neal will undeniably be a big help for the Lakers in improving their big men, especially on the defensive end of the floor. If he agrees to help the Lakers this summer, he’ll be working again with Kobe Bryant, who spoke to Magic Johnson about having a role with the team.
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