Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James has played with a host of legendary teammates. While some have played a huge role in helping him become the champion he is today, others have influenced him in different ways.
For instance, Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal once gifted LeBron a special car. After driving around in the car, LeBron got obsessed with luxury cars and he has expanded his phenomenal collection over the years.
Shaquille O’Neal’s gift for LeBron James got him obsessed with luxury cars
Former NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal has played for numerous teams in the league. While he has found success in most of them, his time in some teams is worth forgetting.
Shaq played for the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2009-10 season and he formed a great relationship with LeBron James. For LeBron’s 25th birthday, Shaq gifted his teammate a Rolls Royce worth around $450,000. Interestingly enough, this gift from Shaq started James’ obsession with luxury cars.
From that point on, James maintained a flashy car collection. His car collection includes custom Lamborghinis, a Porche 911 turbo, a Porche 918 spyder, and various other luxurious cars. Moreover, his phenomenal car collection is worth around a whopping $6.4 million!
After winning the 2020 NBA title with the Los Angeles Lakers, LeBron decided to gift himself one of the rarest cars in the world. He bought a Mercedes Maybach Landaulet which cost him around $1.8 million.
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LeBron James’ acquisition of the car meant that he joined an exclusive club. The Mercedes Maybach Landaulet is an extremely rare sighting and there are only about 99 models of this car.
How good were LeBron and Shaq on the court?
While it is quite evident that LeBron and Shaq shared a good relationship off the court, the same can be said about their relationship on the court.
DENVER – FEBRUARY 20: (L-R) LeBron James #23 and Shaquille O’Neal #32 of the Eastern Conference All-Stars smile on the bench in the final moments of the East’s win over the Western Conference All-Stars the 54th All-Star Game, part of 2005 NBA All-Star Weekend at Pepsi Center on February 20, 2005 in Denver, Colorado. The East won 125-115. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Playing with O’Neal, LeBron averages 29.7 points, 8.5 assists, and 7.2 rebounds in 53 games. On the other hand, Shaq averages 12.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 53 games with LeBron.
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