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Why Shaquille O'Neal was confident he'd win his fifth ring with LeBron James


During his illustrious NBA career, Shaquille O’Neal teamed up with some of the greatest players of all time. His most prolific one was with Kobe Bryant whom he won three titles with. The second was with Dwyane Wade in Miami, where he snagged his fourth title. It was a critical ring for Shaq. With it, O’Neal proved that not only could he win without Kobe, but it showed he knew how to co-exist with ball-dominant stars. 

That ring served as Shaq’s lifeline in the twilight of his career. Even in old age, teams still wanted his services. At 37-years-old, O'Neil teamed up with a young LeBron James in Cleveland and even came up with his motto, “Win a Ring for the King.”

The 2009-10 NBA season turned out well for Shaq and the Cavaliers. They notched a 61-21 win-loss record for no.1 in the Eastern Conference. From the looks of it, Shaq was about to deliver on his promise, but as luck would have it, the Diesel suffered an injury that would cause him to miss several games and affect his performance.

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“We were in 1st place. Big Baby breaks my hand and I had to sit out 5 weeks late in the year…I know for a fact if I was healthy, we would have gotten it done that year and won a ring.”

Shaquille O'Neal,

Remember Shaq & LeBron with the Cavs?

Shaq: “We were in 1st place. Big Baby breaks my hand & I had to sit out 5 weeks late in the year…I know for a fact if I was healthy, we would have gotten it done that year & won a ring.”

— (@Ballislife) September 30, 2021


To recall, the Cavaliers got booted out in six games by the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. This might be one of the biggest what-ifs in NBA history. If Shaq had won that ring, there would be no argument that he is the greatest big man of all time and would therefore be in the conversation for the GOAT.

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