While Tyronn Lue may be known as the Cleveland Cavaliers head coach, he was once a player for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Lue had a long playing career spanning from 1998 until 2009. While the point guard had a lengthy career in the NBA, it was his tenure with the Lakers from 1998 until 2001 that he’s most remembered for.

While Lue was mostly a reserve that didn’t see much playing time during his Laker days, it was during the 2001 NBA Finals that he had his most memorable moment as a player. Lue saw increased playing time in that series versus the Philadelphia 76ers, where he was designated to defend reigning MVP Allen Iverson.

Although Lue helped the Lakers win two championships during his time there, ex-teammate Shaquille O’Neal says the undersized guard wasn’t allowed to talk to him:

The topic came about when O’Neal claimed Oklahoma City Thunder guard Andre Roberson shouldn’t be talking trash because he’s a role player.

For those that remember, Shaq was considered the best player in the game at the time and he was in the midst of winning three consecutive Finals MVP’s as the No. 1 option on the Lakers of the early 2000’s.

As obnoxious as it sounds, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if O’Neal and Lue barely ever talked during their three seasons as teammates.

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