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Shaq defends LeBron’s decision in funny way (Instagram)

Jul 12, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

Not sure that LeBron James needed much defending this time around — the decision he made and more importantly how he handled the announcement on Friday were a stark contrast to four years earlier. Outside of the understandable frustration in Miami, LeBron’s return to Cleveland has been welcomed nationwide.

But Shaquille O’Neal came to LeBron’s defense on Instagram anyway, and it was funny enough we thought we’d pass it along.

  1. dyn0myte - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Only 1 pic with name covered.

    Wonder if that was intentional…

    • money2long - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:08 PM

      The team that retired his number ?
      You’re reaching

    • klove4wiggins - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:19 PM

      Shaq wasnt even the best #36 back then. Rasheed Wallace for the knickerbockers!

      And just so y’all know, A Wiggins is bringing the wolves back to relevance. (After 12 years)

      • 1historian - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:01 PM

        The only way you can bring a team back to relevance is if they were at one time relevant, IOW they won a title – the wolves have never won it.

    • pharohislife - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:59 AM

      Shaq didn’t make the picture.

    • urallstupid - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:59 AM

      man i missed out on the shaq playing in boston news. damn.

  2. antistratfordian - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    Yeah that popped up on my timeline yesterday. I favorited it. Fa vor ited ed ed it. That’s weird.

  3. andreboy1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    1999-02 Shaq was the most physically dominant player to ever play the game.

    • klove4wiggins - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:20 PM

      We never saw Wilt. Unfortunately.

      • 1historian - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:03 PM

        Not necessary – just take a look at the photo of Celtic Sam Jones when Wilt was coming at him during a scuffle in a Celtics Sixers game – the man was scared shi.less.

        With good reason.

    • bhunter1995 - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:21 PM

      Wilt will always be the most dominant player to ever play the game. He had a 45 inch vertical jump, he could benchpress over 500 pounds and had an accurate hook shot/fade out to 17-18 feet along with being an interior force of nature.

      • klove4wiggins - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:25 PM

        Other than Bill Russell, who is top ten all time, Wilt played against a bunch of small dudes though. The athleticism was dominant, but the competition was not.

      • brianjoates - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:51 PM

        Young folks, at least watch Wilt play ball on YouTube, read about his stats. Wilt, Kareem, Dr.J,Michael and Magic changed the game and how it’s played. Take the time and watch interviews with legends talking about Wilt. You can’t blame a guy for when he played,basketball would never had evolved if it weren’t for Wilt.
        Top centers all time: Kareem, Wilt, Shaq, Russ and Dream.

        Go watch Kareem, he is the original Big Fundamental.

      • klove4wiggins - Jul 13, 2014 at 12:21 AM

        Im not saying its wilt’s fault. He is an all time great. He would have dominated the best of all time like 46ppg and 27 rpg like he did against B Russell. But the competition he played against wasnt the best.

      • ranfan12 - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:09 AM

        i don’t think he was disagreeing, but he posted 99-02, saying he was most dominant in that period

      • dadawg77 - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:37 AM

        The league’s talent was exponentially higher when Shaq played compared Wilt’s and Russel’s time.

      • bhunter1995 - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:35 AM

        Against Bill Russell Wilt averaged 36 PPG and 22 RPG. Russell is considered to be one of the best defenders of all time and one of the best rebounders as well, and against him, Wilt still averaged over 30 PPG and over 20 RPG.

      • sdlakerfan - Jul 13, 2014 at 12:41 PM

        @bhunter1995

        “had an accurate hook shot/fade out to 17-18 feet”

        Wilt had no hook shot. Rarely shot from more than 10 ft. Was one of the worst free-throw shooters of all time. Finger rolls, dunks, and fallaway banks…that’s it, Great athlete and 280 lbs – a bit still though and regularly the last guy up the floor. At 340 lbs, Shaq would have physically dominated him. Wilt dominated against a lot of guys who would be small forwards now. May have had good stats against Russell but Russell’s team always won even though the Lakers had great talent in addition to Wilt. Was very painful to watch for this Laker fan.

      • bhunter1995 - Jul 13, 2014 at 7:35 PM

        @sdlakerfan – there is a vid on youtube of Wilt cashing four or five hook shots from the corner three in a row during a shoot-around, he had a hook shot and a great fallaway/fade along with many interior power moves, combine that with the kind of athleticism you only see in guys like Gerald Green or Vince Carter and you have a comic style super hero on the court. The guy was an all world long jumper in college, his vertical was higher then Andrew Wiggin’s vert, Shaq wouldn’t have destroyed him, he could have scored on him but then again Shaq could score on anyone, on the other hand Wilt could score on anyone and score big, as I said before, against the top defensive center of all time (Bill Russell) Wilt averaged 36 PPG and 22 RPG, so tell me again how the average defender Shaq would stop a guy who routinely put up video game numbers against the best stopper at the five spot in NBA history.

    • papichulo55 - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      @sdlakerfan

      Wilt played Russell for one season, 68-69, as a Laker! And they went to a Finals Game 7, with the Celtics winning 108-106. A great game! Wilt twisted his knee and was kept out of the last 6 minutes by Coach Van Breda Kolff, who lost his job because of the substitution.

      Phil Jackson played against Wilt and coached Shaq, and his seasoned opinion is nowhere near as one-sided as yours.

      http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/lakersnow/la-sp-ln-phil-jackson-compares-wilt-chamberlain-shaquille-oneal-20130616-story.html

  4. patfic5 - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Such a shell of himself at the end of it all. That Boston/Cleveland/Phoenix run was horrible.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:26 AM

      Perspective.

      Yes, I agree he was no longer HIMSELF. But Shaq was so good and at such lofty heights that he could drop off a LONG way and still be good.

      In Phoenix, his PER was 22.3 (Tim Duncan’s PER this past season was 21.3)

      In Phoenix, Shaq’s effective FG% led the league. It was .609%. Duncan’s effective FG% this past season was .490%

      Shaq scored 21.3 points per 36 min’s on the floor with Phoenix too. Duncan scored 18.7 points per 36 min’s this past season.

      In Cleveland and Boston his PER’s went down to 17.9 & 17.4 respectively. Those are NOT good at all for Shaq, but still above league average.

      Shaq averaged 18.5 points per 36 min’s with Cleveland and 16.3 points per 36 min’s with Boston.

      Shaq’s win shares per 48 min’s in his last season with Boston was .174 Duncan’s win shares per 48 min’s this past season was .164 so Shaq bested him in his last season with Boston in this regard.

      Shaq’s true shooting percentage with the Celtics was .659%. Timmy’s was .535% this past season.

      You’re right that Shaq was a shell of himself. It’s just that a shell of himself was still better than league average whereas others who are at league average or a bit better really drop off when they get old etc…

      Shaq was really good and so is Duncan. They are BOTH top 10 all time.

      • wordyduke - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:47 AM

        But at the end he couldn’t play 36 min’s on the floor. He couldn’t play anything close to 82 games/season. And he clogged the paint and slowed the game when he could play.

      • patfic5 - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:11 PM

        Agreed. I just hated seeing him jump ship every year. The big man game has since left the NBA and I fear Shaq is the last true big man we will see for the next several years.

  5. gmsalpha - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    I know he wanted to include as many jersey colors as he could, but did anyone else notice he has two pictures from Phoenix?

    • pharohislife - Jul 13, 2014 at 12:21 AM

      Shaq didn’t make the picture.

      • klove4wiggins - Jul 13, 2014 at 12:24 AM

        Hes all about self publication. Hes a good dude, but its all about shaq with him. He has made that money though.

    • themike31 - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:16 AM

      It’s supposed to be a loose version of the colors of the rainbow. Look at the order – ROY G BIV!

      • ranfan12 - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:46 AM

        i never liked that guy. that’s all my science teacher used to talk about lol…

      • fanofthegame79 - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:10 AM

        Come on, ranfan, Mr. Biv is a great guy.

        And that was an outstanding call themike!! I didn’t notice at first, but as soon as you said it, BAM! Nice.

  6. agold831 - Jul 13, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Did he add the last picture for color? The Suns are on here twice!

  7. wesleyt4 - Jul 13, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    I don’t even remember him playing for Boston

  8. redskins21lakers24 - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:28 AM

    Top centers of all time:

    Wilt
    Kareem
    Shaq
    The Dream
    Russ
    Yao

    • adoombray - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:29 AM

      your username is a racial slur

      • 1historian - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:09 PM

        don’t be so sensitive, scout.

  9. jimeejohnson - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:39 AM

    That second sad face is CantonPeaBrain’s!

  10. 00maltliquor - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:48 AM

    Shaq will always be one of my most favorite players of all time, but for some reason it made me kind of sad to see him in that many jerseys.

  11. sportsnut101 - Jul 13, 2014 at 5:37 AM

    Top centers
    Wilt
    Russell
    The dream
    kareem
    Shaq

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      OK, only 2 down thumbs right now but for those who did,

      WHO are your top centers then?

  12. coachbeck - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    Everyone applauds this nationwide? Lol

    Well I know everyone loves to hate the heat.

    Cleveland is an armpit. Just shows what a fair weather fan city that dump is, given the way they handled him leaving

    But hey Cleveland LeBron got his championships now he will just coast and take your money.

  13. hurley711 - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Man look at how fat he was in Boston

  14. wordyduke - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    There’s a ton of fun.

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