Shaquille O’Neal Puts LeBron James and Dwyane Wade as the Two Best Players from Miami Heat’s Legendary Team: “Chris Bosh Was a Role Player. Y’all Just Glorify That Big 3 Because of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett The Year Before”

Published 12/20/2021, 10:07 AM EST
NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 14: Shaquille O’Neal attends the ESPN Gala: “30 For 30: This Magic Moment” Screening during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theatre on April 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)


LeBron James and Dwyane Wade’s Miami Heat was arguably the first successful super team in the NBA since Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls. While the Boston Celtics won a championship with the Big Three of Pierce, Garnett, and Allen, they did not stick together for long. Whereas, the Miami Heat dominated for two back-to-back seasons after getting stunned by Nowitzki’s Mavericks in 2011.

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Subsequently, these two seasons cemented a Hall of Fame spot for Wade, LeBron, and Bosh at the end of their careers. However, one former Miami Heat player feels Bosh did not deserve the recognition he got. Rather, he was a mere role player on this trio’s team. This former Heat player is the NBA legend, Shaquille O’Neal.

MIAMI, FL – June 25: Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James take part in the Miami Heat 2012 NBA Championship Celebration at American Airlines Arena on June 25, 2012, in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/WireImage)

Shaquille O’Neal stirs the pot and calls Bosh a “role player”

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On the Big Podcast’s latest episode, Shaquille O’Neal made a bizarre claim that might sound absurd to NBA fans. He referred to Chris Bosh, the legendary hall of fame inductee Power Forward as a role player on the Miami Heat. Fans might consider this disrespectful towards the Heat legend Chris Bosh. On his podcast, he said, “Chris bosh was a role player. Y’all just glorify that Big 3 because of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett the year before.”

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What does this mean for LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and their legacy?

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have both won championship rings without the other. So it would be absurd to claim that they needed each other to win. However, Bosh only has two championships and both of them could not happen without James or Wade. So while O’Neal‘s statements might be brutal, but they might have some truth to them.

CLEVELAND, OH – MARCH 20: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat celebrates after scoring the game-tying basket in the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on March 20, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Heat defeated the Cavaliers 98-95. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

LeBron and Wade have both been former teammates of Shaquille O’Neal. So fans might argue he has a bias towards them. However, since he has concrete facts to support his statements, he may not change his opinion. What do you think? Is Bosh a role player? Let us know what you think.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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