The Los Angeles Lakers have added All-Star LeBron James to the mix this offseason in free agency, which has added yet another all-time great talent to their historic franchise.
Although James has put together an illustrious career, Hall of Famer and former Lakers Shaquille O’Neal recently voiced on the Official Lakers podcast that the 33-year-old can’t enter the conversation for the greatest player in team history because of the short amount of time he will be in Los Angeles in comparison to the other previous greats.
“Stop it. You can’t come here and play one year and be involved in the conversation for best Laker ever,” said O’Neal according to The Official Lakers Podcast, “Stop it. Are you kidding me?…No disrespect to LeBron. He’s a great player, but you can’t come here one year and be in that conversation. Listen, Magic, Worthy, Kobe, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain. That’s a lot.”
Shaquille O’Neal has nothing against LeBron James, but he’s just speaking the truth. O’Neal is a former teammate of LeBron’s, having played with him during the 2009-10 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He’s been one of James’ biggest supporters and for the most part, has always been overly positive and complimentary of LeBron’s talents
However, Kobe had a different take on Lebron’s arrival, and how fans should push for perhaps one of the greatest to grace the floor to become a legend one day.
“But listen, if you are a fan of mine, you are a fan of winning, you are a fan of the Lakers. I bleed purple and gold. So, that is above anything else,” stated Kobe according to ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk.
“I have been a Lakers fan since I was yay high. That is never going to change. Right? [It] is about winning championships. So, they’ll fall in line.”
Regardless of that, James does have a chance in front of him to forever ingrain himself in Lakers’ history with whatever he helps lead the franchise to accomplish during his tenure.