Brianna O’Donnell is not naive. As a high school sports coach for the better part of the last decade, she knew this part was coming.
When the Los Angeles Lakers were asserting their dominance en route to multiple NBA championships in the early 2000s, everything revolved around Shaquille O’Neal. Whether it was outworking defenders in the post for an easy layup, or snatching up rebounds to put back up or dish to Kobe Bryant or another teammate for an open look on the perimeter, Shaq’s impact on how gameplans unfolded cannot be overstated enough.
Editor’s note: The seasonal sports winners are chosen by the Northeast Times’ sports staff based on both on-field excellence and leadership abilities off of it.