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Shaquille O'Neal Admits How Sensitive He Is, Shares The Story When Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Called Him Out When He Had 'Kareem Type Numbers' But Didn't Win Any Championships Yet

Shaquille O'Neal Admits How Sensitive He Is, Shares The Story When Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Called Him Out When He Had 'Kareem Type Numbers' But Not Winning Any Championships Yet

Los Angeles Lakers and NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal is one of the best players to ever play in the league. The Diesel had an amazing career in the league and was a dominant player from his very first season in the NBA.

After he retired he had a lot of accolades to his name including 4 NBA Championships. Out his 4 rings, he won the first three while donning the jersey of the Los Angeles Lakers and one while playing for the Miami Heat.

So whenever Shaq has advice for young players, most listen to him due to the weight those 4 rings carry. But that wasn't always the case for Shaq.

Even after arriving in the city of angels, it took O'Neal some time before winning the first championship of his career. He was a breathtaking player, no doubt about it, but during that time of his career, he was constantly getting knocked out of the postseason in early rounds.

Now, what changed for him? Well, it seems like an insult from none other than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did the magic for O'Neal. He revealed in a video about the impact Kareem's words had on his career.

"You guys know how sensitive I am, look like Shaq's putting up you know 'Kareem type numbers.' And Kareem said I quote, 'Is he really good? They are not winning championships yet.' That right there turned the last switch for me because I was putting up big numbers but we kept getting swept. I don't know what I was doing but like when he said I was like okay, now I know I gotta take my game to another level."

Kareem's insult lit a fire under the then-Lakers superstar. Additionally, in order to prove Kareem wrong, O'Neal once put up a 61-point performance in the presence of Abdul-Jabbar.

While Shaq might have done that in order to prove to Kareem that he is a great player, when we compare Kareem and Shaq's careers, it is clear who is the better player between the two.

At the end of the day, Kareem's words did wonders for Shaq and the Lakers. He led the team to 3 consecutive NBA titles and earned the right to be called a legend of the franchise.