“I’ll Take It”: After Exposing Bitter 2008 Departure, Shaquille O’Neal Opens Arms To 3 Billion Worth Team’s Honor

Published 09/26/2023, 2:45 AM EDT

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Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal had a memorable time with the NBA. In a span of over 19 years, Shaq delivered 4 championship wins for his respective teams and was named the MVP three times in the process. The Big Aristotle created a legacy that is remembered by NBA fans and enthusiasts even today.

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Keeping the same legacy in mind, Shaq recently highlighted an honour that was bestowed on him by another former team of his. Shaq may not have had some fond memories during his last days with the same, but he was still happy with what he saw a few hours ago.

Shaquille O’Neal highlights a recent ‘Miami Heat Players’ ranking

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A few hours ago, Shaquille O’Neal took to his official Instagram account to share a post with his 32.4 Million followers. It highlighted another post that was uploaded by “FW” some time ago, highlighting the “10 Greatest Miami Heat Players of All Time”.

The ranking kicked off by highlighting recent Hall Of Famer Dwyane Wade in the number one position. Along the list would then follow current Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and 7x NBA All Star Alonzo Mourning. Shaq himself would end up on the 4 spot. Despite not making it to the top 3, Shaq still beat the likes of Jimmy Butler, Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem and many others.

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Highlighting the post, Shaq wrote a caption alongside the same. It read “thanks i’ll take it appreciate it”.

 

This is not the first time this week that Shaq had not been awarded the top spot in recent rankings. Barely two days ago, Shaq shared another post with his followers. This time, it highlighted the “10 Greatest Los Angeles Lakers Players of All Time”. The list kicked off by featuring the late Kobe Bryant on the number one spot. He was followed by Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and then the Big Aristotle.

The Big Aristotle left the Miami Heat due to disagreements with then head coach

Shaquille O’Neal devoted over 4 years of his NBA career to the Miami Heat. During the same, he teamed up with Dwyane Wade and Gary Payton to deliver a spectacular championship win in 2006.

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A few months ago, both Shaq and Payton sat together for an episode of “NBA Rewind”. During the interview, the two former players touched base on their exit from the Heat. They highlighted how the blame can be placed with then head coach Pat Riley.

“They got rid of me and Gary in Miami because Gary and I were the only ones that didn’t listen to Pat,” said Shaquille O’Neal during the interview. “So Pat would call the play, and Gary would be like, ‘I’m not running that. I’m throwing the ball to Shaq.”

Shaq used to disagree with the head coach on various issues. At one point, the then player even got into a verbal argument with Riley during a practice session. Both individuals were allegedly threatening to punch each other. They were sharing a couple of obscenities’ as well.

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Despite the fact that Shaq had accomplished in securing the franchise’s first ever championship win, Riley reportedly didn’t wanted anything further to do with the player. A trade request was made, and Shaq joined the Phoenix Suns in February 2008.

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