‘Hard A**’: LeBron James Reveals How Shaquille O’Neal Added Pressure on Him After Moving to Lakers

Published 12/08/2020, 10:13 AM EST
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James reacts after a play during the first quarter against the Miami Heat in game 4 of the 2020 NBA Finals. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James joined the Lakers in the 2018-19 free-agency. Although his first season was not that impressive, the King and the Lakers won the championship this season.

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James, in a recent appearance in Road Trippin, described how Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal piled up the pressure on him. James said, “Shaq is a hard a** on everybody. I remember one of his quotes he was like ‘you are not a Laker until you have a banner in the stadium’.”

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“And I was like ‘Damn, that’s a lot of pressure’. I remember walking into the Staples and looking up there and seeing all those damn banners and seeing all those jerseys I was like ‘you have got some work to do’.”

The Lakers last off-season brought in a much needed star in Anthony Davis to pair up with LeBron. Apart from that some crucial veterans like Dwight Howard, Danny Green were added in the team.

They were off to a great start and ultimately finished as the top team in the West. In the bubble, they suffered from a major slump though and had many nay sayers going into the playoffs.

They were dominant in the West and won the Western Conference championship with ease, losing only three games. In the finals they faced a resilient Miami Heat but ultimately were too much for Jimmy Butler and Co. who lost in six games.

This was the King’s fourth championship, cementing his legacy as one of the greatest players the NBA has ever seen.

Can LeBron James cement his legacy as a Laker great?

One thing is for sure. Wherever LeBron goes, he makes an immense difference. He has won a championship in any team he has played. This season he has even done that with the Lakers.

His name is already in Lakers history books, but for being a part of LA Mount Rushmore of Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal or Kareem Abdul Jabbar, he may have to win some more championships with the team.

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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James dunks the ball during the first quarter against the Miami Heat in game 4 of the 2020 NBA Finals. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Given his ability, and the roster Rob Pelinka has built around him, he can surely achieve the same. The King might be 36-years-old, but he has shown no signs of slowing down.

If James performs the way he did last season, especially in the playoffs, he can surely win multiple championships with the younger core of Anthony Davis, Dennis Schroder, and Montrezl Harrell.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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