Shaquille O’Neal, the Corridor of Famer who gained three of his 4 NBA championships with the Lakers, determined to succeed in out to The Occasions to share his record of prime 10 all-time biggest gamers, his motive for doing so was to indicate his respect to Julius Erving for his record and to let the critics know that he helps the opinion of “the good Dr. J.”
When Erving left LeBron James and Stephen Curry off his prime 10 throughout a latest interview, it rubbed some the improper method, together with Atlanta Hawks All-Star guard Trae Younger.
Erving’s top-10 record, in no explicit order, was Jerry West, Oscar Robertson, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, Invoice Russell, Michael Jordan, Kareem Adbul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Magic Johnson and Nate “Tiny” Archibald. Erving stated he left James and Curry off his record as a result of each are nonetheless taking part in within the NBA.
O’Neal was not partaking within the criticism, rapidly saying anybody disagreeing with Erving ought to simply cease.
“Hey, man, I obtained no drawback with Dr. J’s record,” O’Neal stated. “He’s the good Dr. J. He paved the best way for all of us. He can say what he desires and no person ought to say a rattling factor about it.”
O’Neal then gave his prime 10, including extra fodder to the dialog by giving a primary and second group.
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He stated his first group, in no explicit order, was Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, LeBron James after which [expletive] me.”
“That ain’t no disrespect to Malone, [Charles] Barkley and Kareem,” O’Neal stated. “Hey, that’s my record. Perceive what I’m saying?”
O’Neal stated coming off his bench can be Curry, Allen Iverson, Tim Duncan, Malone and Isiah Thomas.
“Yeah,” O’Neal stated. “And you may quote me on that.”
O’Neal paused for a second, including, “additionally, you bought to place Kareem on that second group too,” which, in fact, is now a prime 11.
However who’s counting?
“Dr. J has his record and I’ve my record,” O’Neal stated. “I’m all good with Dr. J’s record.”
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This story initially appeared in Los Angeles Occasions.