Former NBA All-Star and Hall of Fame memeber Shaquille O'Neal says Knicks fans shouldn't expect LeBron James to be anywhere near their team in free agency.
In fact, Shaq said only one word when asked if he could envision James in New York next season.
"Nope," he repeated twice to SNY's Justine Ward at BTIG Charity Day on Tuesday.
Instead of James, Shaq says the Knicks already have their player to build around in Kristaps Porzingis. He believes Porzingis has the potential to bring the Knicks back to the playoffs.
However, the 7-foot-3 star is still rehabbing his torn ACL he suffered last season, and some don't believe that he will be able to play the entire 2018-19 season.
Shaq, though, is certain the Knicks will strategize their future around the Latvian forward.
"Kid by the name of [Kristaps] Porzingis," Shaq said when asked how the Knicks make it back to the playoffs.
As for advice Shaq would give a fellow big man, he noted to "accept the challenge" of bringing the Knicks back to where they once were in the past.
Oh, and try not to get hurt again.
"Don't get hurt, step your game up, and accept the challenge," he said. "It's a beautiful city, everybody wants to win. You have the potential to make it happen. I know management is going to do some stuff to get guys around him, but he's the man now."