Friday, June 3rd, 2011 at 9:15 am  |  28 responses

Nick Anderson: Shaq Could Have Won 5-6 Titles in Orlando

Shaquille O’Neal’s former teammate in Orlando, Nick Anderson, is convinced The Diesel would have racked up a fistful of rings had he stayed with the Magic. From the Sentinel: “When Shaquille O’Neal left Orlando all those years ago, he potentially took a sixpack of NBA championships with him. This is what former Magic star and current Magic executive Nick Anderson contended when we interviewed him about Shaq’s retirement on our critically acclaimed radio show Thursday. ‘I’m honest when I say this, I think we would have had five or six championships,’ Anderson said of the mid-1990s Magic team he played on with Shaq, Penny Hardaway, Horace Grant and Co. Anderson also told the the story of the summer day in 1996 when he found out Shaq was leaving for the L.A. Lakers. ‘I was sitting at my home in Chicago watching the Olympics (in 1996) when a special bulletin came on and I happened to see the Big Fella (Shaq) holding a (Lakers) jersey standing next to Jerry West,” Anderson remembers. ‘I fell off the couch. Two minutes later, my phone rang and it was my dad calling to say, ‘You know, your championships just went to L.A.’ And how right he was. They (those championships) left and went to L.A.’”

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  • jflash

    Good thing he had his dad to support him.

  • Washtub

    F that. you weren’t going anywhere but fishin after MJ sweeped your asses.

  • bull22

    i can’t disagree with anderson, when the bulls run ended, they would have had their run. but prop’s to ken anderson’s dad for being brave enough to say that to his son, because he was telling the boy the truth…

  • Pippen Ain’t Easy

    In other news:
    Everybody else: Shaq could had a 4-6 peat if he stayed friends with Kobe.


    IF Shaq didn’t abandon Nick Anderson, ol’ Nick coulda had a chip. He coulda been a contender. He coulda been somebody!

  • http://jayemmbee23.tumblr.com Clutch Performer

    i dont think shaq was gonna wait til after 98 to win a title in orl. not with mj still banging in the east. he went to the west where he wouldnt have to face the bulls and have a better cast around him


    Shooy if you Nick Anderson didnt miss those free throws shaq might of stayed, and ring would have been. But always what could have been.

  • Ali

    Word up Clutch Performer…I think Mike and Co. would have stopped them from advancing to The Finals in those years too.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    he could have had 1 title in orlando if nick could hit his free throws.

  • cramzy

    A lot of ifs, but if Shaq could of stayed down with one of his 2 guards, he’s career would have been even more illustrious then it already is. He should have won multiple rings with Penny, he should have won more than 3 with Kobe, and he and probably could have ended up with at least 1 more with Dwade if it wasn’t for injuries. It just doesn’t make since that somebody as dominant as Shaq only has 4 rings. I’m still trying to figure how Wilt finished with 2.

  • cramzy

    #should have proof read, but y’all get the point

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    I feel badly for the Nick Andersons, the John Starks of the world.
    After Anderson blew those free throws, (the single greatest choke job in League History) he seemingly never went to the free throw line again for the rest of his career.

  • kenny

    Come on guys, 4 rings is 4 more than the majority of players have, still an accomplishment.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    you could have one for Shaq if you just made your ft’s!

  • KobesBestFriend

    not with brian hill coaching he wouldn’t have…plus there was a certain high schooler that was drafted that year that would of probly stayed in charlotte if not for shaq going 2 LA that would of took over after MJ retired!

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Nick Anderson was my dude back in the 90′s.

  • http://slamonline.com JL

    That’s ridiculous they would not have won if Shaq stayed and Penny got injured still.

  • Exile

    On EA Sports…..

  • Yesse

    Could have had the same amount of rings or maybe even more if he would have stayed in LA.


    Co-sign The Philosofo. Nick never was the same until he left for Sactown. I believe he got back to the 20pt per plateau for like a season or two there. But, yeah I gotta disagree w/Nick. Not w/the Bulls around. And the way they dismantled the Magic n ’96 was just flat out ugly

  • unrel

    he might be right.. but he was never the same player after those free throw misses.. he would have been shipped out.. or would have been the reason for their collapse every year..

  • http://Slamonline.com Datkid

    I don’t see how they’d be winning chips if penny was always injured…if him and Kobe had stayed cool tho, they’d have won like 5 more. I personally would’ve loved to see what Lebron could’ve done with a still-serviceable shaq

  • robb

    Nick’s indirectly trying to convince Dwight to stay in Orlando.

  • larrylegend

    nick anderson could ball!


    chico said it

  • http://Supremenyc.com Waylonakolipse

    6 rings? No way, maybe 2 max. The Spurs came up after Jordan left Chi in 98. The Kings and Portland had very dominate teams just couldn’t get past Kobe n Shaq. And then the Pistons formed in 2004. By 2004 Penny was washed up and Shaq was on the decline. Nick Anderson I hope you’re not a major decision maker in Orl cuz u suck.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9B412oN9MA EJ

    This totally makes Shaq’s decision to sign with LA a stupid move.

  • Kyle

    If Shaq had stayed, Anfernee Hardaway may not have forced himself to play while hurt and they would have at least gotten one title. And consider McGrady going there if Shaq had still been there… he’d have been 28, McGrady had just turned 21. They’d have run through the competition of teams like Philadelphia and the Nets. So Shaq may have gotten 3 or 4 rings, but I don’t think many more.