LeBron James has signed for LA Lakers after leaving Cleveland Cavaliers
That’s the view of NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal who has had his say on James’ decision to leave Cleveland Cavaliers.
James put pen to paper on a four-year $154million contract with the Lakers last week, bringing his time with the Cavs to a close as he heads to the Western Conference for the first time in his career.
James has three NBA Championships to his name having won two with Miami Heat before earning one in Cleveland.
Golden State Warriors star Curry also has three titles, and O’Neal believes James can keep outdoing his rival at Laker.
“I think right now, his process is to have more than Steph Curry,” O’Neal said.
Shaquille O’Neal won four NBA Championships
“When you win championships, you want to outdo your opponent. He has three and for a while he was up there by himself.
“Now Steph Curry has three. So I’m sure his mindset is, ‘I got to get four, before he gets four’.”
The Lakers have also agreed deals to sign the likes of Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee and Kentavious Coldwell-Pope.
And Lakers GM Rob Pelinka has insisted the side have not sacrificed shooting in the process of the signings.
“There’s been this kind of surge of ‘hey, where are the shooters?'” Pelinka explained.
“If you look at last year, Josh Hart shot 40 per cent [from three]. Brandon Ingram shot 39 per cent.
“[Kentavious Coldwell-Pope] had a career year at almost 39 per cent and I feel like he’s gonna have an even better year. LeBron shot 37 per cent, Kyle Kuzma 37 per cent.
“So just because we didn’t sign sort of the poster-child shooter that is a specialist and can just make shots, we felt like we assembled a cast of guys that can really shoot the ball but also defend and be versatile.
“Also, if you really study LeBron and Rajon Rondo and the way he plays, these guys are so smart at creating angles and passing.
“The shooting windows for our other players are gonna be bigger, so that’s gonna increase their percentages. We feel very confident in how we landed here.”