Roundtable: Sizing up Shaq, Kobe and the loaded West
Our NBA analysts tackle seven questions facing Shaq, Kobe and the Western Conference.
Shaq's making his Suns debut against Kobe's Lakers Wednesday night (ESPN, ESPN360.com, 9 ET). We asked our panel of NBA analysts to size up Shaq, Kobe and the West playoff race.
1. What do you expect from Shaq the rest of this season?
Henry Abbott, TrueHoop: Phoenix continues to depend on Steve Nash, Amare Stoudemire, Leandro Barbosa, Raja Bell, Grant Hill and Boris Diaw. An out-of-shape dude from another system only hurts. And the Suns will miss Shawn Marion. But by the time ...
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BATTLE FOR THE WEST
Check out the new-look Lakers as they do battle with the new-look Suns in Phoenix on Wednesday at 9 ET (ESPN, ESPN360.com HD).
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