The last few weeks have featured a ton of people trying to assess LeBron James‘ place in history. Even though he is 32 and has several more years of basketball ahead of him, basketball fans and pundits are trying to wonder where the Cavaliers’ star and former MVP stacks up among the game’s best right now.
For one of his former teammates, Shaquille O’Neal, LeBron is a mixture of four former legends—three of whom are currently in the Hall of Fame, one will be enshrined sometime in the next few years. On the court, Shaq thinks LeBron is a combination of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and himself. When it comes to competitive drive, Shaq believes that LeBron is like another one of his old teammates, Kobe Bryant.
Shaq elaborated on all of this to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com.
“He’s a mixture of Michael, Shaq and Magic,” O’Neal told cleveland.com. “Shaq, because he’s bigger and stronger than everybody. Michael because he can score whenever he feels like it. And Magic because he does a great job getting everybody else involved. He’s been like that his whole career. Even in high school. I knew he was a special guy in high school.
“I’ve only met two people like him,” O’Neal continued. “Him and Kobe. Guys that were super determined ever since high school and accomplished all their dreams, and just wanted to be realized and recognized as one of the greatest and both had extraordinary careers.”