Shaq Says He ‘Would’ve Stayed’ in Orlando If He Had a Mulligan

Shaq Says He ‘Would’ve Stayed’ in Orlando If He Had a Mulligan

Apr 2, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA;   From left to right, Los Angeles Lakers former members Jerry West, and James Worthy, and Elgin Baylor, and Phil Jackson and Jamal WIlkes join Shaquille O'Neal for a ceremony to retire his jersey during halftime of the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 2, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; From left to right, Los Angeles Lakers former members Jerry West, and James Worthy, and Elgin Baylor, and Phil Jackson and Jamal WIlkes join Shaquille O’Neal for a ceremony to retire his jersey during halftime of the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the Staples Center. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

Adam Fromal, USA TODAY

ORLANDO (USA Today)—Leaving the Orlando Magic worked out pretty well for Shaquille O’Neal.

Though he had to wade through a feud with Kobe Bryant, he still built his legacy with the Los Angeles Lakers, earning three rings in a row from 2000 through 2002. His 1999-00 campaign (29.7 points, 13.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.0 blocks per game) in particular remains one of the greatest ever submitted by any player at any position.

We can’t forget about the rest of his career, either, as he won a championship with the Miami Heat alongside Dwyane Wade and took his talents to plenty of other locations.

But if O’Neal could do it over again, he’d keep wearing pinstripes—four titles be damned.

 

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