Shaquille O’Neal rebukes Lakers to step up
This wasn’t the marvel everybody was rooting for when the Los Angeles Lakers made the blockbuster move of acquiring LeBron James during offseason.
Ever since the Anthony Davis trade issue circulated that revealed how expendable most players of the team are, the team chemistry has taken a turn for the worst. With the Los Angeles Lakers continuing to struggle with their previous games, rumors have been going around for a huge possibility of trading next season.
The multiple losses has gotten to the point where King James himself called out his teammates for not fully focusing on the game. The star player stated via Spectrum SportsNet, “If you’re still allowing distractions to affect the way you play, this is the wrong franchise to be a part of and you should just come in and be like, ‘Listen, I can’t do this.’”
This prompted NBA legend and former Laker Shaquille O’Neal to voice put his strong opinions on the Players Only Pregame Show.
Basically, O’Neal reprimanded the Lakers to man up despite trade rumors.
“If you don’t want to be traded, if you don’t want to be talked about – step up. LeBron is used to playing with guys that hit shots and make him look good. He’s not having that right now so, you know, there’s two ways to go about that: say something, guys get sensitive and step up, or you say something, and guys just, you know, get sensitive and stay sensitive all year.”
He then went on to cite his own experiences being a subject of trading. “Look, I was traded six times,” O’Neal said. “I never cried about it. You move on. It’s the business of basketball. If you want to be a guy who doesn’t get traded, you’ve got to step up. Period.”
Big Man Shaq’s point holds weight. Everyone at some point gets traded; that’s the way of the league. Being a professional means accepting that fact and moving on. If the Lakers can get their heads in the game when they face the New Orleans Pelicans tomorrow (Manila time), there still might be a chance to fulfill their goal of entering the playoffs. (Janiel Abby Toralba)