LeBron got his congratulations tweet from Kobe Bryant after he had passed him on the all-time scoring list. According to Shaquille O’Neal, the same would’ve happened after James and Anthony Davis led the Lakers to the organization’s 17th NBA championship. But January 26 interfered.
After all that we went through in 2020, it was a good ending for them to win the championship. I am sure if Bryant was still here, he would definitely be proud and showing his love and support on social media.Shaquille O’Neal, ESPN
The one who did show his love for the Lakers’ accomplishment is the Diesel himself. Especially since it was orchestrated by the franchise’s latest iteration of dominant duos. That’s what Shaq is most proud of — the continuation of the legacy he and Kobe had left after dominating the league in the ’00s, winning three straight championships, and becoming a measuring stick for NBA pairings to come.
But according to O’Neal, AD and LeBron shouldn’t make it about living up to comparisons to him and Bryant. “There will never be the next Shaq and Kobe,” Diesel said. But there can be the first LeBron and AD. Because NBA legacies aren’t there to be duplicated or imitated. That wasn’t his and Kobe’s modus operandi, nor should it be for James and Davis.
We don’t want to get into the situation where they can be the next us because there will never be a next us. Magic and Kareem can never be us. We could never be Magic and Kareem. And we can never be LeBron and AD.Shaquille O’Neal, ESPN
Welcome to the NBA landscape in ’20, where after winning their first championship together, some media members are already saying LeBron and AD are up there with the best duos in NBA history. That’s the jump to conclusion culture developed within the NBA domain, pushing people to draw parallels where parallels shouldn’t be drawn yet.
LeBron has the history of doing that after he declared himself the GOAT for winning a title in ’16 and overcoming a 3-1 deficit against the 73-9 Warriors. He better not do it with AD involved. It shouldn’t be about living up to the standard Kobe and Shaq had set. It should be about maximizing their potential as the next great LA pairing. Whether they’ll be able to meet it or not is a future debate. But one thing’s for sure; they’re off to a great start.