It was only three shorts seasons ago when Shaq triumphantly swooped into Miami and completely took over the town. Seems like ages ago now, doesn’t it?
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Russ and his underdog love again, love that.
Oh, that’s right, Shaq always reported to camp in shape after spending the summer working on his weaknesses, my bad.
He actually did work on his weaknesses during the summer. Its not like he could make movies during the regular season…
Another rap album?
The one two punch from Bile and Hate. I like this. It feels like the summer. I love you guys.
Let Shaq do whatever the f he wants. He’s earned it. F the media who think they have a nice little story to write about.
From what i’ve seen of Shaq this season he actually puts up quite nice numbers, when given enough playing time.
The problem with Miami is not Shaq but Riles, who, IMO, is tanking them on purpose.
Also, how often this season has DWade willed the Heat to victory? Compared to LeBron, who seems to do it on a nightly basis with the Cavs. Dwayne’s way overrated
Why’s everybody calling for his head? First of all he brought a championship to the city of Miami, which is pretty much invaluable. How many teams spent ridiculous amounts of money season after season but still don’t manage to win a thing?
Secondly, this is the NBA we’re talking about. It’s not like players falling off and still getting paid is something new. How much is Theo Ratliff making this year? 2 seasons ago Dikembe Mutombo was making like $16 million a year to play 10 mins a game behind Yao (on basketball reference it shows that he only made $4 mil that year but I remember reading that season that the Rockets were somehow paying him salary that his old team owed him as a condition of a trade). Players being overpaid in the NBA is not a new phenomenon
Russ, with all due respect, age becomes us all. If KG determination was THE factor, the NBA would be filled with geriatric patents. Can you realistically argue that KG’s, PP’s, and Ray’s best individual performance years are ahead of them? Yet they will be under huge contracts (representative of their apex) for years to come.
Wait, the TNT games tonight are Spurs/Heat and Warriors/Nets? Seriously? Someone better take Chuck’s belt and shoelaces.
CA: Obviously they’ll decline at some point. But probably not as sharply as Shaq has.
Their contracts are going to expire before they get Shaq-bad, Captain America.
Given the reliance on the Big 3.2, diminishing returns vis-a-vis contract years, will deliver a serious blow. Imagine the Celtics with 10 points less per game. How many wins?
The Bulls had Jordan, Pippen and Rodman when they were all pretty old. Man, it killed them, didn’t it?
Captain America doesn’t seem to understand that players can play and excel past 29.
Also, you’re assuming there wont be players replacing the Big 3.2, Captain America. They may not be winning championship after championship if Ray Allen goes to another team, but I’m sure they’ll still be strong.
You guys are hilarious.
She will get half — even with a prenup — 1/2 /of everything he made since the day they got married and he signed that heat contract after that wedding didn’t he?
The last time Shaq was in top shape was 2000, the year he won his first championship and only MVP award. He hasn’t been in shape ever since. This was one of the things that caused friction between him and Kobe. Kobe would bust his ass in the off season while Shaq would sit on his ass and get fat. So why are we all surprised now?
Damn, it amazes me how quick people are to jump off a bandwagon. One minute they love you, the next minute they are telling you when you need to retire. I like Shaq and if he feels that he has two more years in him, then so be it. While there are some up and coming big men in the game, they all have one thing in commen…they are all boring as hell. Shaq has always brought charisma that matches his larger then life presence….although it does seem like that due to stress in his personal and professional life that the charisma and “SHAQ-isms” has died down….how unfortunate. When he does retire he will certainly leave a huge void left to be filled.
A lot of us weren’t on the Miami bandwagon. For the record, I’m a Pistons fan. So you know I hate the Heat! I like Shaq too but I hate his ethic and also hate the fact that he left LA and the feud with him and Kobe unscathed. Because we all liked him we failed to realize that he had his faults and that he contributed to the end of the dynasty and should share some of that blame too, not just Kobe,Mitch and Jerry Buss. That’s all I’m saying.
Hateful Miami fans and ungrateful media– Shut the F UP!
Shaquille “I brought y’all punk asses from the bottom to the top” O’Neal
and now he’s bringing it from top to bottom! I guess we should call him the Big Full Circle.
no you should call him franchise savior. Man i’ve been lurking on this blog for about an hour before i posted. you guys are terrible fans. dude brought you a championship and made your team a big dog nationally. before shaq got there nobody gave a F about the Heat. now you act like ungrateful rich kids. you suck.
SHAQ SHOULD ONLY RETIRE IF AND WHEN THE HEAT GET A CENTER TO TAKE THE JOB. BECAUSE WITH MOURNING OUT THEY DONT REALLY HAVE MUCH DEPTH IN THE BIG MAN POSTION SO I WOULD TRY TO DRAFT A BIG GUY LIKE DORSEY OUT OF MEMPHIS….
I don’t think Shaq should retire, he has a lot more in him. Signed, Evander Holyfield
Guyz, all three of the Big 3.2 are off their career averages. KG is 31 and 12 years in the league (MJ started falling off his career average starting in his 12th year too). KG is under contract through 2011/12.
JUST GO BACK TO THE LAKERS and come off the bench behind Andrew Bynum. nvm. kobe.
Shaq to the coalmines for two boulders and a tophat with a flashlight works too.
twice as nice
Shaq did bring a championship to Miami and the fans of the Heat and the media should give him a little more respect. But Shaq should also give his fans a little more respect as well and get in shape every season!
Ak47 I agree with you. Shaq should get in shape. The rest of his teams has. 20 million a year and he can’t get a personal trainer. The sad thing is that his contract really holds his team back from improving in the next couple of seasons. Granted, the contract came with the reward of an NBA title, so both the deal and the trade that brought Shaq to Miami paid off. I’ll step out on a limb and say he about done. A hip injury for a man that size. Not a good thing.
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