Shaquille O’Neal: Still Haunted by Kobe Bryant and the LA Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers have always been the type of franchise that attracts players due to tradition, but there are some rare players who leave the team and find success elsewhere.

Shaquille O'Neal is one of those players, and although O'Neal did go on to win a championship as a member of the Miami Heat, any chance he had for a great legacy was left in Los Angeles.

The Boston Celtics announced they have signed O'Neal to a two-year deal, which will make this the fifth time in his career he has changed teams, and the fourth since he decided to leave Los Angeles.

That's quite a track record for a player who is considered to be the most dominant center of the past decade, but in reality, O'Neal's career has been in decline since his rift with Kobe Bryant.

O'Neal's size, strength, and quickness hid the fact he never took the steps to become a complete player, and he has always seemed much more concerned with his image than his game.

Pride and ego prevented O'Neal from realizing that Bryant had surpassed him as the primary focus of the Lakers' team, but if he had a little more humility, his career would have a much different feel than it does now.

O'Neal has become the ultimate NBA journeyman, but his presence has been much more hype than substance since he has been unable to lead a team anywhere in recent years.

In all honesty, O'Neal's championship in Miami was won on the merits of Dwyane Wade, and O'Neal became the complimentary player he was so desperately opposed to being in Los Angeles.

After burning bridges in Miami, O'Neal proceeded to do the same in Phoenix as each subsequent stop was another failed experiment for both O'Neal and whatever team was unlucky enough to receive his services.

Phoenix's gamble on O'Neal actually changed the entire course of the franchise, and the Suns have only recently recovered from their ill-fated decisio...

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