Shaq: James’ hoops IQ better than Kobe’s

I can’t wait until X-Mas day. Really, Shaq?

random_key_54620_file_91962740_Cavaliers_v_LakersESPN: It’s well-documented that Shaquille O’Neal has high standards for coaches. Typically, it takes one of iconic status such as Pat Riley or Phil Jackson to impress him.

That makes his praise of LeBron James that much more notable.

“His basketball IQ is phenomenal,” O’Neal said of James. “He could coach in the NBA right now.”

The 24-year-old James has impressed O’Neal with his thorough knowledge of the game — his understanding of angles, of defensive principles, of how to set up teammates, of how opponents defend various plays and players, and of not only his own responsibilities on the court but those of all his teammates as well.

O’Neal hasn’t talked about who’s better between James and his former Los Angeles Lakers teammate, Kobe Bryant. But he has told confidantes that James has the advantage in basketball IQ, saying he’s the smartest star he’s played with in his 18-year career.

James was flattered by O’Neal’s comments, but noncommittal on his coaching future.

“I’ve never thought about coaching before,” James said. “I just know the game and have always been a student of the game.”

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  • Eric Dog

    Didnt we just see an article here that stated that Kobe Bryant had the highest IQ in the NBA right now? Who cares what Shaq thinks, the guy sounds like he has an IQ of 80 when he talks. A lot like that guy running around here cursing at people trying to act all tough….I am sure you guys know who I am talking about. I am sure his IQ is like 5. lol

    • Short Dog

      Prove you are not an Imposter by telling me of an old article you commented on. You are a fake.

      • Eric Dog

        I dont have to prove anything to you! You’re the most illiterate person on this blog and you prove that time and time again. Just shut up already dude, you keep failing at trying to argue with me!

        • Short Dog

          phony!

          • Eric Dog

            The only thing phony around here is your IQ, little one!

          • Short Dog

            Your name is phony.
            trying to be me you lame ass and argue with me.
            Pathetic bitch.

  • 007

    lol. sounds like Shaq is trying to give a little jab back at Kobe for not telling Lebron how to play with Shaq

  • gugy

    I really don’t remember the last time Shaq had anything meaningful to say.
    No worries, at Xmas we will prove him wrong once again.

  • La213allday

    Funny, how he talks about iq, when shaq never really had much of it before. It just seems like shaq is on his “they’re not talking about me much in the media, I need my attention” mode….again! This isn’t good news for cleveland and their fans..kobe will hear about the comments and give a gift for that @$$ on xmas haha. He’s one hell of an entertainer, but I don’t think shaq has ever been known of being one of the smarter basketball players. I’m just sayin!!

  • lakerfan106

    Sorry Chis, but no where in this article mention Lebron has a better IQ than Kobe. However, Kobe is IQ his consider the best in the league. Again who cares what Fat Snacks has to say, everything good in LAker Land

    • http://www.ld2k.com Chris Manning

      “O’Neal hasn’t talked about who’s better between James and his former Los Angeles Lakers teammate, Kobe Bryant. But he has told confidantes that James has the advantage in basketball IQ, saying he’s the smartest star he’s played with in his 18-year career.”

      • Eric Dog

        OWNED!

  • Real Dumb

    Shaq would know a lot about intelligence…

  • Kid Kaos 310

    Last season Shaq went on record saying that Kobe is the greatest player in the NBA and that LeBron “is a beast” for his age and will get there eventually. This was also during the time when he publicly stated that he wanted to return to the Lakers to finish out his career in LA.
    Moreover, after Shaq won a championship in Miami, he said Dwayne Wade was the best player he had ever played with, noting the GodFather – Penny was like Sonny, Kobe was like Fredo and Dwayne is like Michael.
    Everyone in basketball knows who the best of the best is (http://basketball.realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/63167/20091203/kobe_edges_lebron_as_no_1_on_current_top_50_list/) it is only debatable when it comes to the fans.

    • LAxALLxDAY

      Good point Kid Kaos! I wish someone would come up with a short video compilation on the times Shaq has stated “____(fill in blank) is the best player on the planet, I’ve ever played with, etc.”

  • Short Dog

    shaq and lebron. who cares?
    Kobe is the best right now.
    No one comes close.
    Lakers #1

    • Eric Dog

      You are illiterate and you have proven that many times. You should not even be commenting in this thread! You seem to have an IQ of like 50

      • Short Dog

        You are a phony. Don’t copy me flake.

        • Eric Dog

          Copy you? I wouldnt want to copy someone thats illiterate and slow!

          • Short Dog

            Trying to be but you are a phony.
            Put your real name flakes.

  • Da_Trooth

    Shaq giving another hint on how high is IQ is at age 37. See kids thats why u dont eat junk food….you may end up as smart as him and have a body like his with people telling u to lose weight soon after…

  • http://www.jackyang.info Jack Y.

    If Lebron had highest basketball IQ, he would have been a better player. He’s more physically gifted than Kobe, but Kobe is far beyond him as a player. What a joke, Shaq.

  • lakerman1

    Shaq just hypes whoever the best player is on the team he is currently on. Just wait until he wears out his welcome in Cleveland. If L.A. was stupid enough to resign him he would be licking Kobes Nards.

  • matthew

    seriously shaq, lebron could coach in the nba right now? who would want lebron as a coach with his kinda attitude that he has now. eff their pregame rituals, lebron’s dancing… eff lebron, and cavs.

  • jakegasol

    I don’t care what an old center on a team with no chance to play the Lakers in the playoffs have to say. Denver would beat the Cavs in the playoffs….

    But that’s Shaq, making things fun by talking trash…

  • TOUCHING_MYSELF

    Yeah… this coming from the “BIG CACTUS”! Every time the BIG SNAQ opens his mouth, his IQ drops by a few points. Didn’t think that it was possible to have negative IQ points, but I guess he proved me wrong.

    FUQ Shaqqles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rollin

    Guess Leballhogs’s basketball IQ didn’t tell him not to let the team acquire Shaq to slowdown their offense and put the same hurt on them he did when he was with the Suns so he can’t be all that smart. Whoopty frigin doo. Shaq always has some smart ass remark on whatever team he’s playing for. Phenomenal player in his day no doubt but he’s getting old, fat, and slow. Give it a rest my man and learn how to go out with some dignity.

    • TOUCHING_MYSELF

      Perfectly said! Except, you know that you’re asking for way too much when you suggest that he go out with some dignity… this man, never had any to start with and he never will. He WILL go out as the saddest case of retired NBA player ever! He will be old, broke down, penniless, and get no respect from anyone! And I will haugh at him every step of the way of him getting to that state!

      Some time in his future, you will be known as the BIG HOMELESS!

  • Eric Dog

    Short Dog, please explain how I am trying to be you! If you cant explain it then stfu! You fail dude, you fail!

    • Short Dog

      Fake ass flake.

      • Eric Dog

        Do society a favor and just dissapear and never come back!

        • Short Dog

          Never that flakey.

          • jakegasol

            You’re both idiots

          • Eric Dog

            Speak english!

          • Eric Dog

            Jake, watch as short dog cusses you out! I can careless what you call me but short dog is a moron who tries to act all tough over the net.

          • TheLogo

            Short Dog is the problem here. Damn that dude knows how to sabotage lakersnation. I wonder if he knows what sabotage means.

          • Short Dog

            its fakes like you.

          • Short Dog

            Takes one to know one. Take that gasol off your name idiot.

  • http://youtube.com/MvpGoesToKobe LakersNewDynasty08

    First Penny was the best player he ever played with, then Kobe was, then Wade was, then Nash was, and now Lebron. Shaq honestly needs to go get a life. Either prove yourself good or stop talking about Kobe. Hes only embarrassing himself. Whatever, we’ll see what happens on Christmas. Lakers 104 Cleveland 97 Kobe 36 points 7 rebounds 8 assists. Lebron 21 points 8rebounds 4 assists. Just wait.

  • http://www.whoisepik.com Mr.E

    if Shaq is right then ignorance must be bliss-Kobe:4 rings
    LeBron:0

  • Batz

    Shaq is a real piss off I have to admit…

  • kisofdeath

    it must take alot of IQ to drive hard and kick out to shooters

    mike brown has the easiest job in coachin when it comes to offense

  • drive-for-16th

    i heard all the cavs fans say that they don’t like shaq there cause he doesn’t make a difference, they also think mike brown should be fired cause well… he doesn’t do anything at all just lets lebron go 1 on 5 and sits on his seat jacking off. hes the worst coach in the nba i say. And lebron hasn’t done shit or won shit hes just a fucking hype thats all it is. Theres another article on him saying that hes gonan be the best ever when he retires, which is sooo dumb and dwayne wade is better than lebron cause he has a ring and dwight howard is better than lebron cause he has a finals win. what does lebron have a sweep from the spurs. ahahahahahahah.

  • yash

    Shaq really knows how to kiss ass

  • Eric Dog

    Is there anyway that we can get Short Dog banned from here? I’m going to try to contact Lakersnation headquarters. All Short Dog does is start problems!

    • Short Dog

      Headquarters? Wifelovesluke you are so lame. I exposed your alternate screen names man. Fake.

      • Eric Dog

        The only thing you exposed was your stupidity and your super low IQ.

    • lakerbunny

      THERE’S NO SNITCHING ON LAKERS NATION!!!

  • TheLogo

    Yes BAN SHORT DOG.

    • Short Dog

      Logo. i said kobe is better than jordan and you started arguing that jordan was the best. so shut up Jerry west wanna be.

      • TheLogo

        LOL Jerry West disagrees with you Shorty.

        • Short Dog

          Kobes the man. Jordans old and he sucks lego.

          • TheLogo

            Shorty is short on intelligence. Did your MOM name you shorty because you were a runt? I bet you are the smallest kid in your school.

        • Short Dog

          Maybe-maybe but keep my mom out your mouth slut.
          Wasn’t your screen name jerry west and now logo.
          Wifelovesluke you need to quit this acting stupid towards the REAL Laker fans.

          • TheLogo

            I can definitely tell you are a momma’s boy.

          • Eric Dog

            Shorty is short on intelligence…AHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHHHHHHHHHHHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA….Funiest shit i’ve heard all day. And even funnier cause its true! And why did Short Dog say, “keep my mom out your mouth?” Lego did you have Short Dog’s mom in your mouth? If so, how did she taste?

  • LAxALLxDAY

    Online bangers..haha

    I can’t wait till we play that wackaliers on xmas day. I’m starting to think Shaq is bi-polar

    • lakerbunny

      I DON’T KNOW ABOUT POLAR BUT HE’S DEFINITELY Bi THATS WHY SHONIE LEFT HIM!

  • lakerbunny

    THE “BIG SNACKEDA$$” IS JUST A FART IN THE WIND IN CLEVELAND ANYWAY! THEY ONLY GOT HIM TO DUMP JIS OVERPAID CONTRACT AT THE END OF THE YEAR TO HAVE MORE MONEY TO SIGN “THE AKRON HUMMER”———————THERE ARE STILL LAKER TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR ALL GAMES INCLUDING TONIGHT!!! GO TO LAKERS.COM AND CLICK ON THE TICKETEXCHANGE BUTTON OR GO TO TEAMEXCHANGE.TICKETMASTER.COM AND CLICK ON THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS LINK!!! ——GET YOUR STOCKING STUFFERS EARLY BEFORE THE GOOD GAMES SELL OUT LIKE SHAQ!

  • fishthatsavedLA

    Everyone knows that Shaq will say a lot of stupid things just to get attention.