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Thursday, September 30th, 2010 at 10:40 am  |  35 responses

Shaquille O’Neal and His 3 ‘Lucky’ Rings

Shaq raps with the Boston Globe, telling them that a lot of luck played into 3 of the 4 titles he’s won in his career: “Shaquille O’Neal is a four-time NBA champion and one of the greatest centers to play the game, and he fully understands that it takes good fortune as well as talent to win championships. So he had no hesitation Wednesday in saying three of his six title appearances were a byproduct of ‘lucky’ plays. ‘I got four rings but I’d be the first to tell you that three of them are lucky,’ he said after the Celtics’ second training camp practice. ‘Derek Fisher’s 0.4 shot, Robert Horry Vlade Divac slap back and those guys don’t hit those shots then I’m not in the Finals. And Gary Payton’s baseline jumper against Dallas. So you have to have a lot of luck. I got four rings and three of them are lucky.’”

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  • http://Myspace Shanoooooo

    Shaq just running is trap. I wonder if Hoopz is gonna be courtside at Celtics games now ???

  • burnt_chicken

    wow, it’s awesome to hear that Shaq has this perspective. Sometimes his public character acts a bit big for the team, so it’s really nice to see him like this–acknowledging teammates, circumstance, and fate/luck…

  • neaorin

    They lost to the Pistons in the Finals the year DFish made that 0.4 shot.

  • neaorin

    Also, doesn’t Bennett Salvatore get at least an honorary mention?

  • LJP

    Shaq’s ring #4 wasn’t due to his basketball prowess but likely was due more to the Mavericks’ futility. After starting the 2006 series up 2-0 and leading by 13 points with 6 minutes to go in Game 3, the Mavericks eventually lost Game 3 and went on to lose the series 2-4. So according to Shaq’s logic, perhaps all his rings were due to luck.

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    Id love to hear GP’s response to him making a jump shot being called lucky.

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    I image it would start with “f*ck” and end in “outta here”

  • JoeMaMa

    @neaorin: payoffs aren’t luck.

  • JTaylor21

    I bet you that Kobe won’t say the same thing.

  • http://thosefishtacosarethetits.blogspot.com Boston_Blogg3r

    Is he wrong? Do those that remember the Robert Horry and Gary Payton shots disagree? Both players found the ball in their hands in broken plays or tip-outs. Horry not been standing in that EXACT spot, the Lakers wouldn’t have made the Finals that year. Had Payton not hit that jumper on Miami with the clock running down and Miami rallying from being down BIG while also being 0-2 in the series, they likely would have gone into game 4 down 0-3. Youtube is there for those who don’t remember.

  • http://thosefishtacosarethetits.blogspot.com Boston_Blogg3r

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3iV4aYvopM Robert Horry at the topof the key with clock running down and Lakers down 2 points after Kobe missing a lay-up in traffic.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSJa1vBDPck GP hits his only field goal of the game with under 10 seconds in the game and Miami tired with Dallas.

  • http://thosefishtacosarethetits.blogspot.com Boston_Blogg3r

    Also, I’ve read and heard Jordan say similar things about his success. Will all of those who are contesting Shaq’s claim that luck played a part into winning also contest MJ? I guess when you’re successful at something for so long then the haters line up, and since Shaq has been among the top players in the game for 16 of the past 20 years, the hate is warranted.

  • T-Money

    Stating the obvious, but it’s nice to see a superstar have some perspective (everybody has the will to win, lays everything on the line bla bla bla). Usually, winning a title is a result of more talent, better preparation and timely breaks. Desire and “wanting it more” is often overstated. It’s a given to me, you don’t get that far if you’re not hungry.

  • MikeC.

    @T-Money – nicely said sir. If it was simply a matter of desire and “wanting it more”, Patrick Ewing would have 10 rings.

  • http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/olybb/news/story?id=5493184 Jackie Moon

    It only 10% luck, 20% skill.

  • http://www.acb.com Alan

    yeah, 15% concentrated power of will, 5% pleasure, 50% pain, 100% reason to remember my name… who’s name? Well, probably Kobe… and also Shaq. Who could forget Shaq? But Kobe first. 5 rings. U can take that to the bank…

  • VicDog760

    80% fat 20% stupid

  • http://www.slamonline.com jumpman3224

    Um…the Lakers didn’t win a ring after Fisher’s .04 shot. So yeah maybe that goes into a “lucky” title series appearence. But, I don’t get how that makes one of his rings lucky. Also, “Luck is the residue of design.” His teams were in position to win those games and one shot does not make (granted, it can seal or steal) a victory.

  • http://thosefishtacosarethetits.blogspot.com Boston_Blogg3r

    ^ Again, Lakers were down in the series against the Kings just as the Heat were against Dallas. Those teams were facing 3-0 and 3-1 deficits had it not been for Horry and Payton hitting those shots.

  • http://www.slamonline.com jumpman3224

    I didn’t say anything about the Spurs or Mavs series. In principal, I was pointing out that Fisher’s shot didn’t lead to a ring. Also, to say any of those shots were lucky undervalues the amount of work that players put in to being able to make shots when it counts. It also discounts all the “non-lucky” plays that went into making the games close to begin with. Sure the bounce of the ball was fortunate, but how many times does that happen over a given game? If the Horry play had happened with 4 minutes to go and gave the Lakers a lead, would people call it lucky? Almost every other possesion a team gets a bounce or makes a shot that could be called lucky.

  • JTaylor21

    TMoney is right, I hate when the media and people claim that Kobe or MJ wanted it more than anyone else. What the F*CK does that mean? Every great wants it more than anything else not just does two guys. Another lie fabricated by the media and MJ and Kobe fanatics.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    .4 was esp crazy cuz timmy had just hit a shot in shaqs grill almost from 3. I still say no way fish made the shot in time, it barely made it out of his hand in time, but the clock didnt start right away. He did too much to get it off in .4. Horrys shot was lucky in how the ball came to him, but that he actually made the shot. Whats unlucky was samaki walkers 3 at the end of the first half, it clearly was no good but refs didnt even look at it, just said its good. Anyways, theres always some luck involved, shaqs right.

  • T-Money

    JTaylor: spot on. I always felt that was an insult to my intelligence. MJ didn’t want it more than Malone (who was a workaholic himself and was dedicated to his craft). He was BETTER. It’s just always seemed ridiculous to me that the best players should be the ones that want it the most. You know who wants it most? Guys like Lindsey Hunter just trying to find a way to keep getting NBA checks lol.

  • Jdubbs

    You MAKE your own luck. I’ve been “lucky” in my career, but it took a lot of hard work to put myself in that position.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    You all are silly, Shaq is trying to discredit Kobe by saying the some of his rings are lucky. Shaq is always trying to throw stones, and now he is discrediting his own rings. Every ring won in the NBA, has needed something to happen that can be considered lucky or skill to execute the play or the shot. Shaq is a joke and now he has 3 lucky rings, isn’t it convenient that he is saying all this when his career is OVER. BOOK IT!!!

  • hammer

    Of course a lil luck definitely plays a role. Jordan 2. Paxson was lucky 2 b that wide open n 93. N 97 when mailman missed those 2 free throws n gm1 of the finals when he usually was clutch as hell. That was good luck 4 the bulls. Bulls r my squad but I will also b the 1st 2 admit that luck cannot b ignored. Every championship team has 2 have sum amount of luck 2 win it all. A lucky bounce,a miss,a putback (ron artest vs suns @ the buzzer). Its all a part of sports

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Of course this is about Kobe…

  • VisionofGreatness

    That last ring he won was because Dwyane Wade decided to become the best player in the world for four straight games.

  • Mike from Spain

    Luck favours only those who are prepared to take advantage of the chance…

  • Yesse

    Well, yeah. Shaq still was the biggest man with the championship team back in 99-02.

  • Ronald

    Comprehension is important.

  • http://slamonline.com Anjoe Intal

    Yea Right. Shaq said that to discredit Kobe’s first three rings. Now that Kobe’s got more ring than him, he continues to make excuses. He’s one of the best center to ever play the game, right, but he’s starting to ruin that career with those foolish damn comments. Kobe’s on his way for 6TH! Take that to the bank!

  • http://slamonline.com Anjoe Intal

    Yeah right. Shaq’s trying to discredit kobe’s first 3 rings with him. Now that Kobe’s got one more ring than shaq, he continues to make excuses. Oh, He’s one of the best center to ever play the game: FACT. but he’s going to ruin it with those foolish damn comments. Kobe’s on his way for his 6TH. Take that to the bank!!

  • heh8meN1

    Perroting jumpman, Derek’s .4 shot did’t lead to a championship. the big FRONTRUNNER once again trying to remix history. It’s PR, it’s Marketing it’s BULLSHAQ. Period.

    big FRONTRUNNER, If you’re only competing against TD– you LOST. You are the DOMINique of big MEN.

    How is it the “MOST DOMINANT EVER” has NEVER, NEVER, NEVER been FIRST TEAM ALL DEFENSE. NEVER. Let alone DEFENSIVE PLAYER of the YEAR?

    As for competing with the MAMBA? You can’t catch what you can’t TOUCH.

    KB24 is UNTOUCHABLE.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVRisphKOkI

  • KB8toSG8

    Never understood this whole KB-Shaq thing…..

    Kobe needed Shaq to anchor the defence and dominate the paint. Shaq needed Kobe to create that offensive spark and hit clutch shots. And both needed luck to win.

    Championships aren’t attained only through work ethic. If so, Kobe would’ve been more than an 8 time champ. Luck, Chemistry and clutchness are just as essential. Particularly chemistry.

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