Former Laker great Shaquille O’Neal took some time Monday to talk exclusively with For The Win and of course the state of the current Lakers team came up.
Shaq was asked what it would take for this year to be considered a successful season for this team.
“Second round of playoffs,” he said via phone while making a surprise appearance at a Boys and Girls Club in Atlanta. “I don’t know yet if they’ll make it there. I’ll know more at the All-Star break.”
That would mean LeBron James would not be playing in either a conference final or the NBA Finals for the first time since since 2010.
Shaq does think this team can make the playoffs, even though things have been a big ugly in their 4-6 start to the season.
“Yeah, I think they can (make the playoffs,” Shaq said. “Every time LeBron starts with a new team they don’t start off as they would have hoped. But there are eight playoff spots out there and they should be able to get one.”
He does think they need to bring is some new players, though.
“They definitely need shooters,” Shaq said. “LeBron always needs shooters.”
That might make guys like Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma feela little nervous as the young team tries to find its way with LeBron.
Shaq was at the Boys and Girls Club to surprise the Atlanta Club teens and have a personal meet-and-greet with the Yearbook Contest winner. Boys and Girls Clubs have always been a special place for Shaq.
“It’s a place where I can come and listen to councilors,” he said. “And it’s a safe haven for the kids.”
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