Shaquille O’Neal sees Steve Kerr in unique light thanks to their Phoenix days
His significant years were spent in Orlando, Los Angeles, and Miami; then his impact, though it was still felt, began to dwindle from Phoenix to Cleveland, and eventually being forced by his body to retire in Boston.
O’Neal had to deal with countless of personalities, be it teammates, coaches, or front office people. But one man stands out in the last category, and that is current Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr.
O’Nea’ revealed this as part of his Hall of Fame acceptance speech Friday.
“After Miami, I played in Phoenix. I’d like to thank Steve Kerr. He was the first general manager to call me and say I was being traded. All the other times, I found out from loud-ass Stephen A. Smith on ESPN.”
Considering the lineup of front office people that O’Neal had worked with in the past, Kerr’s mention speaks volumes on how he goes about with people management. Perhaps, part of the Warriors’ success can be attributed to that aspect of Kerr’s leadership.
Shaquille O’Neal played in 103 games for the Suns wherein he averaged 16.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks.