Jeanie Buss jokingly says that if Shaq had hit more of his free throws, she would’ve included him in her ‘Top 5 all-time Lakers’ list.
Though the Boston Celtics may be regarded in the same breath as the Los Angeles Lakers when it comes to their championship vigor (both franchises have 17 titles each), the fact of the matter is that the Lakers have had far more talent on their rosters over the 60+ years since their inception. So much so that Shaq can be left off a ‘Top 5 all-time Lakers’ list by Jeanie Buss.
On a recent episode of the ‘All the Smoke’ podcast, Jeanie Buss let Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson in on her personal list of the greatest to have ever laced up for the purple and gold. In her list, he included the likes of Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Phil Jackson, and LeBron James.
Many had a problem with Buss including LeBron on her list as he’s only played 2 full seasons in LA and has missed a lot of time in his current 3rd season. Shaq responded to Jeanie Buss on the same and surprisingly claimed he didn’t have any ill feelings towards Jeanie for this ‘snubbing’.
“I’m not mad about that. If I was 29 I would say, ‘Hold on, LeBron’s only been there for 720 days, how are you going to put him before me?’”
Jeanie Buss responds to Shaq saying he’s alright with her list of top 5 Lakers.
It has been apparent for a while that Shaq and the Buss family, in particular Jeanie Buss, share a great relationship with one another. After all, Shaq did win 3 straight Finals MVPs to usher in the 2000s while suited up in the purple and gold. So it’s no surprise that Jeanie responded to Shaq for leaving him out of the list by addressing it in a light-hearted way.
“Well maybe if you made more of your free throws; just kidding. If the list was only players, Of course you’re top 5!”
Well maybe if you made more of your free throws….just kidding 😉Big Diesel @shaq if the list was only players, of course you’re top 5! You know I ❤️ you and your family!! Please don’t kick me off the board of The Shaquille O’Neal Foudation!!☹️ https://t.co/rKzYOji42G pic.twitter.com/CIOg3IKOAx
— Jeanie Buss (@JeanieBuss) May 5, 2021
In all fairness, Phil Jackon did lead the Lakers to 5 championships in an 11 year span so having him up there is justifiable. LeBron James’s place in this list also makes sense considering the fact that he helped the Lakers overcome their near decade long Playoff drought and actually brought home yet another championship to Los Angeles.