LeBron James is having a spectacular season even though it hasn’t been reflected in the LA Lakers’ win rate. The purple and gold captain is currently the NBA’s leading scorer, but Shaquille O’Neal says he shouldn’t be allowed to have it.
Shaq is arguably the most dominant player in league history and has won four NBA titles in his career. He also won two goalscoring titles in his career and led the league in field goal percentage more than anyone in league history.
Although he’s always praised LeBron, he thinks it’s time someone else took over. Speaking on The Big Podcast with Nischelle Turner and Spice Adams, Shaq expressed his views on the current title race.
Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks are also in the running for the scoring title, and Shaq wants one of them to make sure LeBron doesn’t have it. When asked who his pick for the title was, he replied: (As of 4:45 p.m.)
“It’s not about who my pick is, but if I was one of those two guys, I wouldn’t let LeBron get it. It’s just me.”
“There’s jealousy and professional jealousy, he continued. My mindset would be, ‘you’ve had it too long LeBron, it’s mine now, I want it.’ That’s the mindset I had, especially when Jordan was about to leave. [Michael] Jordan left, I was like, ‘oh, nobody’s taking over, thanks. It’s mine now, I’m taking it. If I’m Joel or Giannis, listen, LeBron you’ve had it long enough, it’s time the king got killed.”
The race is very close, as Embiid is only 0.2 points behind LeBron’s 30-point average while Giannis is averaging 29.7 points. Each player has less than ten games left in the season, which means they all have to step up a notch to have a chance of winning it.
LeBron James and LA Lakers’ season could end in disappointment
Heading into the 2021-22 campaign, there was so much hype about the Lakers team. They undertook a massive overhaul, with just three players from last season on the roster, bringing in superstars like Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony.
Unfortunately, things did not go as planned. While one of the championship favorites at the start of the season, they are currently in danger of missing out on the playoffs altogether.
The Lakers are ranked ninth in the Western Conference standings (31-42), closely followed by the New Orleans Pelicans and San Antonio Spurs. Any mistake at this point and they could be eliminated from the playing place.
It’s unfortunate that LeBron’s displays haven’t translated into more wins for one of the most storied franchises in league history. Nonetheless, there’s still hope they might figure it out if they find their way to playoff action.