'83 Sixers were the last champs with no connection to Shaq

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From ESPN Stats & Info comes this gem:

Every championship team for the last three decades has featured a player who has spent time on a roster with Shaquille O'Neal.

The Diesel played for six different teams over his long career, and to find the last title-winning team that didn't have a player who was at some point a teammate with Shaq, you would have to go back to the 1982-1983 Philadelphia Sixers, led by Dr. J.

For instance, Danny Green -- a member of last year's champion Spurs -- was Shaq's teammate in Cleveland during his rookie season. The furthest connection is Greg Kite, a backup center for the champion 1983-84 Celtics.

In addition to the titles he himself helped the Lakers win, he also shares a link to three of the Lakers' 1980s championships by virtue of sharing a roster with Byron Scott for a brief time after he left Orlando for Los Angeles.

More from S&I:

"The only playoffs outlier between this season’s Cavaliers or Warriors and the last non-Shaq-related champs was the 2010-11 Dallas Mavericks. Sasha Pavlovic started 6 games for those Mavericks during 2010-11 but was let go during the season. After a brief stop in New Orleans, he joined Shaq in Boston. (The guard was also one of three players on Mark Cuban’s title team -- with Caron Butler and Shawn Marion -- who were part of the three trades that involved O’Neal throughout his career.)"

And yes, the streak will continue into 2016. Shaq played with the Cavs' LeBron James, Kendrick Perkins and Anderson Varejao, as well as the Warriors' Leandro Barbosa.