There’s been a lot of speculation about what team LeBron James will end up on by the time next season rolls around, but the decision is an easy one if you ask Shaquille O’Neal.
The former NBA star joined ESPN’s “First Take” on Thursday where he weighed in on LeBron’s off-season prospects, surprising Stephen A. Smith when he suggested The King go ring chasing.
“I’d go to Golden State,” Shaq said, immediately getting a reaction out of Smith. “I’m not joking. One: he’s older. He’s on his way down. He already got what, four rings?”
After Smith corrected him to say that he only had three, Shaq responded, “go get three more, that’s what it’s about right?”
Smith predictably ripped into the former Los Angeles Laker at which point it became unclear whether he was being serious or simply trying to get a rise out of the “First Take” host.
“I told my boy the other day, if you could do that, I would have went to Chicago and just played with Mike,” O’Neal said. “I didn’t know [that was an option].”
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Forget Kevin Durant and LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal might have been the best duo in NBA history.
“We live in a different era,” Shaq added. “I guess you can do stuff like this now.”