No one knows exactly what LeBron James is thinking as far as his free agency decision, but there are plenty of opinions out there about what he should do.
Shaquille O’Neal gave ESPN his, telling Ian Begley that James shouldn’t spend the latter part of his career chasing championships. It’s something the Hall of Famer says he had to learn the hard way:
“My problem toward the end of my career was I was trying to shut everybody up and I was greedy [for more championships],” O’Neal said in an interview with ESPN at a pre-draft event on Friday evening for teens from the Y in Brooklyn. “After I got to three [titles], everybody was saying I couldn’t get another. So I got four. After I got the fourth, they were saying I couldn’t get another one. So I was trying to make quick stops to get it. Phoenix, Cleveland, Boston.”
O’Neal won three championships with the Lakers and one with the Miami Heat. But O’Neal said that no matter how many more championships James acquires, his legacy isn’t changing from here on out.
“Somebody told me a long time ago -- they said your book is already set [before the later stages of your career]. You can add index pages toward the end, but your book is already set. So LeBron’s book is already set,” O’Neal said. “He done already passed up legends; he done already made his mark -- he has three rings...”
James has until June 29 to inform the Cavs whether or not he intends to opt into the final year of his contract or decline and become a free agent.