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The Los Angeles Lakers landed the best player in the game when they lured LeBron James away from the Cleveland Cavaliers to sign with them as a free agent.
However, if the Lakers and James — a three-time NBA champion and four-time Most Valuable Player — are entertaining thoughts of winning an NBA championship, there is much more work to be done.
So says Shaquille O’Neal, a former teammate of James’ in Cleveland, who said two-time defending champion Golden State adding All-Star DeMarcus Cousins makes the mountain of getting past them that much steeper.
“The move is still not enough to match the Golden State Warriors because they had a significant piece added also with DeMarcus Cousins,” O’Neal said of James’ decision to join the Lakers, per CNBC.
“In my opinion, this is the most talented starting five I’ve seen in the history of the game. It waters the game down a lot with everyone being on one team, but it is what it is,” O’Neal added. “The good thing about the Golden State superteam is they play an excellent style of basketball.”
O’Neal, a four-time NBA champion, one-time champion and 15-time All-Star, knows of what he speaks. After spending 19 seasons in the league, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016.
He says James is going to need to figure out a way to win a championship in Los Angeles to remember with the all-time Lakers greats.
“He’s a very marketable guy … but you must win at some point,” O’Neal said. “I think for him to be considered a great Laker, he definitely has to win a championship.”