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Shaq new book
Comes out Nov 15. A couple things already release. One on Kobe and one on LeBron.
The rape accusations by a Colorado hotel worker against Kobe Bryant was the beginning of the end of a good relationship between the Lakers' star and Shaquille O'Neal, the recently retired center writes in his new book.
In an excerpt of "Shaq Uncut: My Story" posted on Deadspin.com, O'Neal wrote that the two stars were sniping at one another during what was a stressful time for both - the rape allegations for Bryant and O'Neal not having a new deal.
"Just before the start of the '03-'04 season the coaching staff called us in and said, ‘No more public sparring or you'll get fined.’ ... Phil was tired of it. Karl Malone and Gary Payton were sick of it," he wrote. "So what happens? Immediately after that Kobe runs right out to Jim Gray and does this interview where he lets me have it. He said I was fat and out of shape. He said I was milking my toe injury for more time off, and the injury wasn't even that serious."
O'Neal said he "exploded" while watching that interview.
"I let the guys know, 'I'm going to kill him,'" he said.
Bryant, O'Neal remembered, told him he was hurt by the lack of support he showed after the rape allegations surfaced.
"Kobe stands up and goes face-to-face with me and says, 'You always said you're my big brother, you'd do anything for me, and then this Colorado thing happens and you never even called me,'" O'Neal wrote.
The argument then escalated with input from Brian Shaw, who pointed out that Bryant never even invited teammates to his wedding. O'Neal admits, he was the one who didn't let it go.
"Everything was starting to calm down when I told Kobe, 'If you ever say anything like what you said (in the interview) ever again, I will kill you."
No one can accuse Shaquille O'Neal of pulling any punches in his new book: On the heels of earlier accounts about O'Neal's feud with Kobe Bryant, the "Big Diesel" runs down LeBron James in an excerpt released Wednesday from "Shaq Uncut: My Story."
In an excerpt obtained by HoopsWorld.com, O'Neal talks about his experience playing with James in Cleveland.“LeBron was a huge star,” O’Neal writes in the autobiography, due out Nov. 15. “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 (Bryant) is going to listen to (new Lakers coach) Mike Brown. LeBron never really did.”
O'Neal also addresses James' failure in the 2011 NBA Finals, comparing it to his infamous disappearing act in the 2010 playoffs against the Boston Celtics:
“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.' "