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BIG SHAQ RETIRES; SAD DAY FOR THE NBA

Shaquille O’Neil put the Orlando Magic on the map.  He brought prominence back to the Los Angeles Lakers.  He popped Dwayne Wade’s cherry in Miami.  With that said, the last few years of his career were plagued with injuries, mostly from his weight and lack of conditioning.  Sad to say, if Shaq wasn’t going to take care of his body, he should’ve retired years ago.  That seems to be the classic trend with superstars in sports, hanging around 1 year too long. Going back to Shaq’s career, he got swept out of the finals twice in Orlando.  Those were the days that Hakeem Olaujuwon used to dominate the paint.  It took a couple years for him to get his act together in LA, but when he finally did, he netted 3 Championships in a row and a sad finals defeat at the hands of the Detroit Pistons.  If the Kobe-Shaq fued never blew up, both these guys would’ve had a little more hardware hanging on their mantle. As for the run in Miami, we all know it driven by vengeance.  The spite that brewed inside of him after the Lakers chose, I mean traded him away of Lamar Odom and some scraps. The bottom line is, Shaq was one of the most dominant big men in the league.  Not by skill, but by brute force. He was too strong, too big for the league.  His only move was the dunk. With that said, he was still unstoppable. All three of these teams should, must retire his jersey.  Send the big guy off in style.  He deserves it, he put them either on or back on the map. We’re gonna miss you big fella.  The last of the true centers is gone.

June 2, 2011 - Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , ,

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