Shaquille O & # 39; Neal's nomadic NBA career ended nearly ten years ago, but the career it crossed still has an impact on the league's biggest stage, the NBA Finals.
Neal played a lot of teams – six to be precise – and for a very long time. So maybe we shouldn't be shocked by this state ESPN dug up after the Raptors got somewhere in the 2019 NBA finals, but it's still beautifully impressive: For the 36th consecutive year, a player who played with O & # 39; , participate in the championship series.
This strip dates back to the 1982-83 76ers team that featured Julius Erving and Moses Malone!
The Streake started the following year when Celtics beat the Lakers in the final. Greg Kite, who later played with Shaq for two years in Orlando, was at the Boston team. Byron Scott was in Los Angeles and later played a season with Shaq after his move to the Lakers.
Kite and Scott brought the streak to the end of the 1
Horris Grant and Byron Scott extended the streak until the mid 90's when O & # 39; Neal made his first final look with the magic. Then Rodman and Ron Harper helped bring it up to the 1998-99 finals when Jerome Kersey, who played a season with Shaq in Los Angeles, was a member of Spurs' first championship.
Shaq played five of the next seven finals. The two he did not participate in featured Robert Horry, who made some great shots for Shaq's Lakers team. It was when LeBron and Kobe took over the league, which combined for 12 consecutive finals, with LeBron doing most of the work to expand the stream.
It brings us to this year's finals, which pushes the streak to 36 straight years. This will be the 73rd NBA Finals series, meaning at least one of Shaq's many teammates have played in almost half of them.
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