Shaquille O’Neal is all set to be inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame Class of 2016 and with all the attention on the “Diesel”, many want to get his inputs on various matters.
Aside from his previous rift with Kobe Bryant, the fact is that O’Neal had his best years with the Los Angeles Lakers. He is apparently aware of the changes and rebuilding the team has undergone but believes it will take time before the Lakers get back on top.
“I don’t see them being a contender for a while. I mean, they’ve still got to go up against Golden State in the West, they’ve got to go up against OKC, still got to go up against Cleveland, the Rockets. So they have a long way to go to be a contender,” said O’Neal via the Orange County Register.
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Lakers Bound For Glory
O’Neal went through the same ordeal before enduring success. True enough, the Lakers have been through a lot the last couple of seasons and hopefully a new head coach and a young core will finally get the monkey off their back.
The Lakers have been through two forgettable seasons, made even harder with the retirement of Bryant. Hence, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, D’Angelo Russell, Larry Nance Jr. and rookie Brandon Ingram still have a lot to learn. Technically, inexperience may be one thing O’Neal was referring to for the Lakers.
Nevertheless, the Lakers will have their moments. They will be exciting since it is a pretty new look, not to mention expectations on Walton to show what he can do as an official head coach.
The former Laker was responsible for that hot start last season but was serving on an interim basis. Now he gets the chance to do that again and prove it wasn’t pure luck.
That marvelous run that he anchored for the Golden State Warriors was partly because of Steve Kerr. Just the same, the chips are different when you are the one on the hardwood calling the shots.