Shaquille O'Neal has recently been doing some coaching at the Reebok Breakout camp but took some time out of his busy schedule to give his opinion on this year's Eastern Conference.
With the recent shake up to the roster of the Cleveland Cavaliers, O'Neal believes that they are the team to beat when it comes to the East after the additions of LeBron James and Kevin Love.
However, it is not the partnership of James and Irving or James and Love that Shaq believes carries an essence of luck that is required to challenge for an NBA title but it is the quiet free agent signing of Mike Miller.
Miller who is a three point marksmen was a teammate of James in Miami when the pair won two NBA titles with the Heat.
The shooting guard came alive in two separate NBA final appearances and showed his calibre in the most clutch moments for the Heat, he ignited for a barrage of three point field goals that propelled the Heat to victory on many different occasions.
Shaq stated: "LeBron has his good luck piece with him, Mike Miller the first year hit seven threes and the second championship he hit eight, every great player has good luck pieces and James has Miller."
O'Neal then compared some prior greats and their pieces around them that enabled them to win many championships, he explained that Michael Jordan had Steve Kerr and John Paxson, whilst O'Neal himself had Robert Horry and Brian Shaw.
The four-time NBA champion certainly has the pedigree to examine the field and dissect this years favourite in the East, Shaq thinks the Cavaliers deserve to be the favourites but the Bulls are the next team on the radar.
The thought of Kevin Love collecting 15 rebounds a game and distributing to LeBron James and Kyrie Irving on the break is a devastating possibility.