Shaquille O’Neal is one player that people will remember for a long time. What he did on the basketball court will never go unnoticed. He accomplished so much during his NBA career and was one of the most dominant players of all-time.
Recently, O’Neal decided to have some fun as he put together a starting five, including himself, featuring some of the NBA’s best players. When you see the lineup, you’ll be impressed.
Shaquille O’Neal put together an impressive NBA career
When O’Neal entered the league in 1992, he immediately made an impact. O’Neal was named Rookie of the Year during the 1992-93 season with the Orlando Magic after averaging 23.4 points, 13.9 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks. His size and athleticism made him so dominant on the court, and it was almost impossible for defenders to guard him in the paint.
Throughout his career, he was a double-double machine. After his career in Orlando, he joined the LA Lakers, where he continued to have success. From 2000 to 2002, the Lakers won the NBA championship, and O’Neal was named the Finals MVP all three years. The Lakers are the last team to win three consecutive NBA titles. O’Neal played a significant role in those championship teams with the Lakers.
After his time with the Lakers, O’Neal joined the Miami Heat, where he won his fourth NBA title. Looking at his resume, O’Neal accomplished a lot during his time in the league, and he certainly deserved to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. There will never be a center that dominated like O’Neal. He certainly was a once in a lifetime type of player.
O’Neal continues to be involved in basketball
After his playing career finished, O’Neal continued to stay around basketball. During the NBA season, you can catch him on TNT as an analyst alongside Charles Barkley, Ernie Johnson, and Kenny Smith. O’Neal has a lot of knowledge of the game, and he knows how to evaluate games and different players.
It’s not a surprise to see former NBA players or other professional athletes become analysts in the sport they played. For some, they love the game so much that they want to stay involved. O’Neal has a great personality; he knows when to have fun and when to be serious. The Hall of Fame big man still has a large fan base and continues to impact the game of basketball.
Here’s a look at O’Neal’s starting five
Recently, O’Neal posted a photo on his Instagram with him and four other former NBA players. In the caption, he wrote, “I don’t care what none of y’all saying. Ain’t nobody beating this team in a seven game series.” O’Neal is very confident in the lineup that he came up with.
Let’s take a look at the starting five he put together. At the point guard position, he put Allen Iverson when he was playing for the Philadelphia 76ers. Coming in at the shooting guard spot is his former Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant. At small forward, he decided to go with Michael Jordan, and at power forward, he went with LeBron James. Of course, he put himself at the center position.
Looking at that lineup, they’re a small team, but they are filled with all-time greats. Together, that lineup has won a total of 19 NBA titles. O’Neal has played with every player in that lineup except for Iverson and Jordan. He’s played against every player, so he knows something about each of their games. That is certainly a stacked lineup and would give a lot of teams problems.