Shaq has an autobiography coming out and excerpts have started to pop up across the web. Most of them have to do with Kobe and L.A., but the latest one focuses on Shaq's one season in Cleveland. Coincidentally, that one season would also be LeBron's last season.
And the breaking news from Shaq: LeBron never listened to Mike Brown and Mike Brown never made him listen.
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 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.
Yes, this solidifies one of the most obvious things we knew about that Cavs squad: that Delonte West was the coolest guy in the room.
Let that hold you over until The Whore of Akron comes out later this month.