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Shaquille O'Neal on why he doesn't approve of NBA superteams


The trend of superstars joining forces to win a championship is not old news, and it became pretty standard in today's NBA. It's often believed things were done differently in that regard back in the '90s or even before that when players actually wanted to compete instead of teaming up with each other.

Shaquille O'Neal, who belongs to that generation of players, commented on the whole topic by saying his primary goal was to beat the best in the game. Shaq hosted on the Jimmy Kimmel show, explaining why he never wanted to team up with other great players and form superteams. During the 90's you had to play against some outstanding teams and individuals on these teams, so Shaq's primary goal was to outplay all of his opponents.

"I'm from the era where guys wanted to compete and beat each other. So I would wait to see who's teaming up and doing that and I would go on a team that needs a superstar and I would teach those guys how to beat the superteams."

Shaquille O'Neal, via Jimmy Kimmel

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