A second round of excerpts from Shaquille O'Neal upcoming Autobiography have hit the web. In the first round, Shaq detailed his near-fight with Pat Riley, but in the latest the first Miami Heat messiah criticizes our current one, LeBron James.
Shaq details the season he spent as a Cavalier alongside James in the excerpt leaked to HoopsWorld.com:
LeBron was a huge star. He was as big as I was in 2000 in L.A. when I was dominating the league. ... Our coach, Mike Brown, was a nice guy, but he had to live on edge because nobody was supposed to be confrontational with LeBron. Nobody wanted him to leave Cleveland, so he was allowed to do whatever he wanted to do.
I remember one day in a film session LeBron didn't get back on defense after a missed shot. Mike Brown didn't say anything about it. He went to the next clip and it was Mo Williams not getting back and Mike was saying, "Yo, Mo, we can't have that. You've got to hustle a little more." So Delonte West is sitting there and he's seen enough and he stands up and says, "Hold up, now. You can't be pussyfooting around like that. Everyone has to be accountable for what they do, not just some of us." Mike Brown said, "I know, Delonte. I know." Mike knew Delonte was right. ...
I'm not sure if Kobe is going to listen to Mike Brown. LeBron never really did. Here's what we do know: Kobe will definitely be in charge.
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But Shaq doesn't just end his criticism with LeBron's play with the Cavs, he also takes shots at James' performance in this year's finals against the Dallas Mavericks:
There's no question in Game 5 LeBron was kind of out of it. ... I always believed he could turn it on at any moment, but for some reason he didn't. Not against the Celtics in 2010 and not against the Mavericks in 2011. It was weird. It's one thing to be a passer, but you are supposed to be the One. I'm watching him play against Dallas, and they're swinging the ball and they get him a perfect open look - and he's kicking it to Mario Chalmers. Makes no sense. I told people, "It's like Michael Jordan told me. Before you succeed, you must first fail."
At least no excerpts of Shaq criticizing Dwyane Wade have leaked yet. Maybe we'll have to wait until the book comes out on November 15 for that.