“He Had Ferraris and Lamborghinis”: Shaquille O’Neal Trashes Lakers’ Latest Acquisition for Fumbling $84 Million Bag

Published 09/25/2022, 6:30 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 05: Former professional basketball player/author Shaquille O’Neal speaks on stage during LIVE from the NYPL: Shaquille O’Neal held at the New York Public Library – Stephen A. Schwartzman Building on October 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Lakers’ latest signing recently sent shockwaves around the NBA world. The franchise signed back Dennis Schroder who left the team a while ago. Talking on The Big Podcast with Shaq, Shaquille O’Neal had a lot to say about Schroder.

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Schroder turned down a huge $84 million contract from the Lakers back in 2020 and joined the Boston Celtics instead. However, his career did not pan out the way he would’ve wanted. He played for the Houston Rockets last season before returning to the Lakers.

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The German signed to a $2.6 million deal with the Lakers in contrast to the $84 million he was initially offered. With millions around the world mocking Schroder for his blunder, Shaquille O’Neal chimed in too.

Shaq said, “So, first of all, $2.6(million) is $1.3(million). I’d seen him in Atlanta, he had Ferraris and Lamborghinis. So, he playing for free this year. That man had a camouflage Lamborghini the one time I saw him.”

MCDONOUGH, GEORGIA – APRIL 07: Shaquille O’Neal speaks during Pepsi Stronger Together and CTG Foundation Atlanta Law Enforcement Press Conference on April 07, 2021 in McDonough, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Pepsi Stronger Together)

Meanwhile, Schroder’s remarkable fall from grace has been lamented by many in the NBA world. As a veteran of the league, Shaq knows very well how the salary of an athlete works. Therefore, he was quick to point out how $2.6 million may not be as much money as it seems.

Despite all the ridicule, his recent performances have been quite good. He led Germany to the EuroBasket Semi-Finals before getting knocked out by Spain. 

Shaquille O’Neal questioned Schroder after he turned down millions

Former Los Angeles Lakers icon Shaquille O’Neal is quite vocal regarding issues surrounding the basketball world and beyond. Schroder turned down a four-year $84 million deal which would have earned him around $21 million yearly.

The Boston Celtics finally signed Dennis Schroder to a one-year $5.9 million deal and the whole NBA world questioned his decision to turn down the massive deal.

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Shaquille O’Neal went all out to bash Schroder. Sharing a post on Instagram, Shaq wrote, “Things that make you go hmmmmmm.” The four-time NBA champion clearly could not wrap his head around Schroder’s decision.

 
 
 
 
 
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Playing just one season with the Celtics, Schroder averaged 14.1 points, 4.2 assists, and 3.3 rebounds during the 2021-22 season. He then joined the Houston Rockets before returning to the Lakers.

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Abhinava Ghosh

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Abhinava is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication. Abhinava has been following NBA for the past 6 years and is a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry.

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