Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 11/2/11

Turns out Shaq is talking about his time in Cleveland too in his soon to be released basketball memoir after all.

In the book titled Shaq Uncut: My Story, co-authored by Jackie MacMullan, O'Neal discusses some of the goings on with LeBron James and the panic-stricken Cavaliers organization during LeBron and Shaq's season together as teammates during the 2010-11 campaign, LeBron's last in Cleveland.

Shaq says that nobody was allowed to be confrontational with LeBron during that time, it was weird how James played in the 2010 Game 5 Eastern Conference Final loss to the Celtics, and that Delonte West even called out Coach Mike Brown for "pussyfooting around" with his handling of LeBron.

This from excerpts of the book posted at HoopsWorld this morning:

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.

As a noted Mike Brown apologist, and firm believer in the idea that Mike Brown tried to coach LeBron James but LeBron chose not to listen too him, this little nugget of information from Shaq smacked me directly in the back of my head. Turns out Mike Brown didn't try to coach LeBron James at all really, and was even reminded by Delonte West that he might want to do so before the whole thing blew up in everybody's face. Which it most certainly of course did, starting in the Game 5 Eastern Conference Finals loss to the Boston Celtics where LeBron James shot a free throw with his left hand for some reason.

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