Cleveland defeated the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the 2010 playoffs in five games. However, LeBron and Shaq came up short against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, as Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Rajon Rondo eliminated the Cavs in six games.
The 2009-10 campaign was LeBron’s final season on the Cavs during his first stint with his hometown team. He signed with the Miami Heat in the summer of 2010 to join forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
Meanwhile, O’Neal joined the Celtics as a free agent after watching James leave for Miami.
Although LeBron and Shaq came up short of their goal during their lone season as teammates, they had a lot of fun together, both on and off the court.
LeBron James and Shaquille O’Neal were a solid duo
Shaquille O’Neal was past his prime when he played with LeBron James on the Cavs. However, the four-time champion still put up solid numbers in 2009-10 and helped King James win his second MVP Award.
In 53 games with the Cavs, Shaq averaged 12.0 points and 6.7 rebounds while shooting 56.6% from the field. He was the third-leading scorer on the team behind LeBron, Mo Williams, and Antawn Jamison.
James was simply unstoppable during his MVP season in 2009-10. He averaged 29.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 8.6 assists in 76 games and racked up four triple-doubles.
In the 2010 Eastern Conference Semifinals versus the Celtics, LeBron averaged 26.8 points, 9.3 boards, and 7.2 assists, while Shaq put up 13.5 points and 5.0 rebounds. The Cavs lost the series in six games in Boston, as the Celtics had James’ number.
During the 2009-10 season, LeBron and Shaq went to the filming of Kevin Hart’s “Seriously Funny” comedy show for a team outing. The event took place in Cleveland, Ohio, and Hart destroyed O’Neal in a packed room.
Kevin Hart trolled Shaquille O’Neal, LeBron James laughed uncontrollably
Kevin Hart made fun of Shaquille O’Neal for how he falls during games, and LeBron James loved every minute of it. The entire crowd was laughing uncontrollably, as Hart did a great job of trolling Shaq.
O’Neal was in the front row and had a great time as well. It’s always fun to see celebrities laugh at themselves. Hart is close friends with LeBron and Shaq, which made this segment even more special.
Since Shaq is a big guy, his legs tend to come over his head whenever he falls. Hart did a terrific job of poking fun at the Hall of Famer and getting LeBron and the entire crowd to laugh with him.
The LeBron-Shaq duo may not have brought the Cavs a championship, but at least the two superstars enjoyed each other’s company and had a blast at Hart’s comedy show.
The King is the best all-around player ever, while Shaq is the most dominant
LeBron James is universally recognized as the greatest all-around player in NBA history. He’s the only player in NBA history to rank top-10 all-time in both points and assists, and he could become the NBA’s all-time leading scorer.
Meanwhile, Shaquille O’Neal is regarded as the most dominant player ever. During his prime with the Los Angeles Lakers, Shaq was unguardable in the post and helped LA win three straight championships.
O’Neal finished his NBA career with averages of 23.7 points and 10.9 rebounds. He won three Finals MVPs and one regular-season MVP.
As for LeBron, he’s still playing in the league and dominating despite being 36-years-old.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.