Shaquille O’Neal was at the center of one of the greatest dynasties in the history of the sport. Playing alongside the late, great Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers dominated the NBA for several years during the early 2000’s.
Shaq recently made an appearance on the All the Smoke podcast with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, and the Hall of Fame big man shared his thoughts on the topic of dynasty teams. According to O’Neal, he has nothing but praise for the San Antonio Spurs dynasty because of one particular aspect:
“That’s probably the first time I’m hearing about a dynasty that never had no problems. All the other dynasties had problems,” said O’Neal, via Nicolas Kyle Pring of Fansided.
Fair point from Shaquille O’Neal here. We all know that his own dynasty with the Lakers came to a bitter end following years of not being able to get along with Kobe Bryant both on and off the court. The same can be said about Michael Jordan and his Chicago Bulls — they even made a comprehensive 10-part documentary about all the drama surrounding that dynasty. The Golden State Warriors dynasty too had its fair share of controversy.
This simply was not the case for the Spurs. Shaq himself understands that this had a lot to do with the great Tim Duncan and how he carried himself. The gentle giant had no ego and it was not surprising that the rest of his team followed suit. This resulted in the most memorable era in Spurs franchise history. They won a few NBA championships along the way, too.