Every NBA franchise has dreams of finding their own superstar in the hopes they will bring glory, attract fans, and enhance the name of the team for a generation. However, in reality, things often don’t always work out as smoothly as hoped. In some cases, situations get so bad that the players even destroy their own teams.
Sometimes it is because of their personality issues with wild antics on or off the court. On other occasions, superstars leave their team reeling by demanding a move to another franchise. Then there are the times when players inadvertently harm their teams by their prolonged absence through injury. Today, we’ll take a look at 25 different scenarios where NBA players destroyed their teams. Check out the list below via Sporting News.
25. Shaquille O’Neal – Orlando Magic
Harsh but true. NBA fans associate Shaq with the LA Lakers, with whom he enjoyed massive success before a final championship win with the Miami Heat. However, he first spent four seasons in Orlando who drafted the future superstar No. 1 overall in 1992.
In the end, he simply outgrew the team. Unfortunately for many franchises, this is the case because stars become too big for teams in lesser markets. Like Shaq, star players are more interested in enhancing their own brand instead of bringing glory to a team without global recognition. In the end, athletes have just one professional career, so it’s understandable. But that didn’t make it any easier for the Magic.