Shaquille O’Neal reveals what Phil Jackson told him in their first meeting

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Shaquille O’Neal talked about his first meeting with Phil Jackson when the latter became the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.

O’Neal revealed what his new coach demanded from him at that point.

“He brought a resume. If he says, ‘Do this,’ we all know that he knows what he’s talking about. Because every summer when we’d lose, we’d watch him in the Finals.

When I first met him, he said, ‘Look, if you listen to me, you’ll be MVP. You listen to me, you will win a championship.’ And I said, ‘Cool.’ First thing he said, ‘No more albums, limit your commercials and do everything I say.’

And I agreed, and it was probably the best years that I played. Once we had that formula of how to win, we were just thirsty for more,” O’Neal said in a recent interview on the Rich Eisen Show, via Megan Armstrong of Bleacher Report.