7x NBA Champion, Who Has More Rings Than Michael Jordan, Exposes Shaquille O’Neal: “He Didn’t Have..”

Published 06/01/2023, 10:30 AM EDT

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Basketball fans frequently engage in discussions about renowned players such as Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and Shaquille O’Neal, all of whom have achieved multiple NBA Championships. However, there is one individual who has surpassed these legendary figures in terms of championship victories. Recently, this individual criticized Shaquille O’Neal, highlighting weaknesses in his game during the early stages of his career.

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The individual being referred to has had stints with the Houston Rockets, the Phoenix Suns, and the Los Angeles Lakers, accumulating an impressive total of seven championship titles throughout his career. He had the opportunity to play alongside Shaquille O’Neal during their time with the Lakers, but interestingly, they were rivals during their college years. In a recent discussion, this individual shared insights on the progressions and advancements seen in Shaq’s game during the early phases of his career.

Seven-time NBA Champion opens up about Shaquille O’Neal’s game

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Robert Horry has amassed an impressive collection of NBA championship titles, securing a total of seven throughout his career. He played a pivotal role in the Los Angeles Lakers’ triumphant three-peat alongside the Big Diesel, which included his partnership with Shaquille O’Neal. Additionally, Horry experienced remarkable success as a member of the highly accomplished San Antonio Spurs, where he played alongside Tim Duncan.

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In a recent interview with Showtime Basketball, Horry openly discussed the early flaws in O’Neal’s game during the initial stages of his NBA career. Horry stated, “If you watched young Shaq, he didn’t have the footwork as he did as he got older. He started spinning and dunking on people and doing that thing, and you know, he started hitting his jump hook.” Horry made a bold claim, suggesting that O’Neal developed most of his footwork and shot-making abilities as he progressed in his career. This statement contrasts with O’Neal’s own assertion of being a dominant player even before joining the Los Angeles Lakers when he was younger.

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Talking about young Shaq, let’s have a look at the impact O’Neal had in Orlando Magic.

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Upon entering the league, the accomplished four-time NBA Champion showcased his dominance. Even before his NBA career, he had already left an indelible mark, earning a place in the LSU Hall of Fame.

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Throughout his NBA tenure in Orlando magic of 295 games, he maintained great averages along with impressive rebounds and blocks. O’Neal’s scoring prowess has always been exceptional, coupled with his solid defensive abilities. Considering these remarkable statistics, Horry’s assertions might raise doubts in light of Shaq’s performances on the court during his time in Orlando.

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Aaditya Negi

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Aaditya is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports and has been following the game for a number of years. He is an avid fan of the NBA and follows what’s happening in the league on a daily basis. Having worked as an intern in the sports domain, his passion for writing arose from his fondness for the intricacies of the game.
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