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Shaquille O'Neal knows exactly how LeBron James is trying to become the GOAT

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When fans and ex-NBA players debate about who’s the real Greatest of All-Time, the conversation almost always diverts to the fingers, to count how many rings the subjects in question have. It makes perfect sense as basketball is a team sport. The ultimate goal is to lead your entire squad to the title. 

However, NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal presented another interesting road to be heralded as the GOAT. He believes that Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James is trekking this specific path. The big man is confident James can accomplish this colossal task.

“I know what he’s doing,” O’Neal said while eating some roast beef. “Championships are great, but he’s trying to pass Kareem up. That’s what he is doing. I know exactly what he’s doing. ‘Cause now if you pass Kareem up, it ain’t no talk about who the best player ever is. Think about that? I saw he needed to average [25] points or something like that the next few years, which he will do. He can do that in two more years,” O’Neal said, per the Los Angeles Times.

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“He’s got four rings and he becomes the highest scorer in the NBA history. He’s the best ever,” O’Neal said. “Ain’t nothing you can say.

Including this year, James has two more years left in his contract. He inked a two-year maximum extension in Dec. 2020, much to the delight and surprise of some fans. After all, James who’ll turn 37 in December, will be 38 in the 2022-23 season which is the last year of his contract. LeBron is one heck of an athlete, but fans fear that one day, his body just might slow down.

Perhaps this is the main crux of Shaq’s argument. The fact that James signed in for another two years is good proof that the Ohio native is willing to tire his aging body out to the extreme just to pass Kareem’s mark. Once he does, then it’ll bring an interesting dimension to the endless (and sometimes pointless) GOAT debate. 

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