The Los Angeles Lakers season has been a complete disaster, as they are fighting to stay in a play-in spot when they started the year with championship aspirations. Nobody is giving them a shot to turn it around, get into the playoffs and make some noise, and with sound reasoning seeing how they look. Well, everybody except Shaquille O'Neal.
When talking about the disappointing Lakers, you can definitely say the complete opposite for the Phoenix Suns, who have been the best team in the NBA by far. Not only looking at their record, but their all-around team play and eye-test are scary. Chris Paul has missed some time, but the team hasn't skipped a beat, as the savvy veteran is ready and fresh for the playoffs.
Devin Booker has established himself as one of the top players in the NBA, and a vast cast of supporting players like Ayton, Bridges, Crowder, Johnson, Payne, McGee, and more are having great seasons. They will be the #1 seed in the West with homecourt advantage no matter who they face in the postseason, establishing themselves as the favorites to win it all.
But still, they have some doubters, with the legendary Shaq first in line. On the latest edition of his podcast, Shaq shared a pretty controversial take regarding the Lakers upsetting Phoenix if they even make the playoffs:
"If they make it to the 8th spot, they will beat Phoenix. You heard me. Because AD gonna be back...They are at the bottom. There's nowhere else for them to go. All it takes is for certain people like that to just play good one or two games, and it snaps right back."
Shaquille O'Neal, The Big Podcast with Shaq
Shaq often likes to brag about how he has 'G14 Classification' when it comes to basketball, but this is just one of many examples of why he has no clue about today's NBA. Anybody who has watched any basketball this year knows the Lakers have no chance against these Suns even with AD back.
The Suns regularly punk the Lakers and let them know about it, and if they face in the first round, it will be no different no matter who is on the court. But Shaq knows what he is doing. He is trying to stir up some drama and headlines, knowing well that nobody will check him for this when the Lakers lose.
But if they, by some miracle, make it to the playoffs and upset the Suns, he will look like a mastermind. Some smart tactics from the self-proclaimed "Shaqadamus."