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LeBron James Not Spared Shaq’s Wrath In New Book

If you thought Shaquille O’Neal’s bridge-burning — otherwise known as his upcoming biography, Shaq Uncut: My Story — began and ended with Kobe Bryant, think again. LeBron James is also a target of Shaq’s tell-all.

In an excerpt from the book obtained by Hoops World, Shaq discusses the preferential treatment LeBron received when the two were teammates with the Cleveland Cavaliers:

LeBron was a huge star. He was as big as I was in 2000 in L.A. when I was dominating the league. … Our coach, Mike Brown, was a nice guy, but he had to live on edge because nobody was supposed to be confrontational with LeBron. Nobody wanted him to leave Cleveland, so he was allowed to do whatever he wanted to do.

I remember one day in a film session LeBron didn’t get back on defense after a missed shot. Mike Brown didn’t say anything about it. He went to the next clip and it was Mo Williams not getting back and Mike was saying, “Yo, Mo, we can’t have that. You’ve got to hustle a little more.” So Delonte West is sitting there and he’s seen enough and he stands up and says, “Hold up, now. You can’t be pussyfooting around like that. Everyone has to be accountable for what they do, not just some us.” Mike Brown said, “I know, Delonte. I know.” Mike knew Delonte was right. …

I’m not sure if Kobe is going to listen to Mike Brown. LeBron never really did. Here’s what we do know: Kobe will definitely be in charge.

Ouch. One question: what other juicy stuff hasn’t been excerpted already from the book? If this is merely a taste, there’s no telling what kind of bombshells remain. Hopefully, the publishers saved some of the best material for the official release on Nov. 15.

NBA AM: Shaq Dishes on Kobe, LeBron [Hoops World]