Almost a decade later, O'Neal, who did not win a ring with the Cavs, is using the same point in his career as a teachable moment for LeBron James as the four-time MVP ponders his next chapter as he heads into his age-34 season.
Former Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal speaks during a National Basketball Association game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Staples Center. So I got four.More news: To help migrant children, Republicans and Democrats must join forces
You can make the case that going after rings, namely with the hope that he'd beat the Warriors to get them, is a bad idea. "So I was trying to make quick stops to get it. Phoenix, Cleveland, Boston".
"Somebody told me a long time ago - they said your book is already set [before the later stages of your career]. So LeBron's book is already set", O'Neal said.More news: Kawhi Leonard Reportedly Won't Be Traded Within Western Conference
"He done already passed up legends; he done already made his mark - he has three rings", O'Neal continued.
Heading into the eventful free agency for LeBron James, or "The Decision 3.0" as some people have called it - the motivation could be rooted into championships. In this picture, James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts against the Golden State Warriors during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, June 8, 2018. Cleveland can offer him $205 million over five years, while other teams can offer him $152 million over four years. Plus, Paul and LeBron are close friends, and who wouldn't want to play with their buddy - especially when he's the best player in the world. The Cavs have always been interested in Charlotte's Kemba Walker, who will be a free agent after next season, and landing a player of that caliber would send a resounding message to James that they intend to keep chasing championships.More news: Tear gas explosion at Caracas club kills 17 people - minister