Jun 1, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) during the third quarter against the Denver Nuggets during game five in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Shaquille O’Neal has a brutally honest opinion on whether the Blazers’ superstar Damian Lillard should pursue a championship with his current team.

The Hall-of-Famer spoke on The Rich Eisen Show on the reality that surrounds Damian Lillard in today’s NBA regarding his aspiration to win with the Blazers.

(via clutchpoints.com):

“He is an old school mentality guy that’s playing in the new school. The old-school guy would say, ‘I’m not teaming up with you, I’m gonna beat you’. But these new school guys would say, ‘hey, let’s team up to make it easier’. So that’s the toughest decision for him.”

“I know he wants to stay in Portland and win it out. But he may have to switch up his mentality… if everybody else is doing it, then that’s just gonna keep him further from winning a championship… Should he go to a contender if he wants to brighten his chance of winning a championship? I’d say he should do that. I don’t really like guys teaming up, but it’s just the way it is these days. If he can get to a team that already has two or three guys, and you add him. That raises his chances of winning a championship.”

Shaq himself is no stranger to that strategy, as he once left the Orlando Magic to join the Los Angeles Lakers. After his decision to leave Orlando, O’Neal won three titles with the Lakers.

Lillard issued a message to the Blazers’ fans in his social media accounts calling Portland his city. This will be his 10th season as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers, and Lillard is hoping to bring the title to the city.