SportsNation Blog Archives Shaquille O'Neal
SportsNation simply likes Shaquille O'Neal. Forget the rap albums, the horrible movies, the declining skills and the trading in of superstar sidekicks the way some people trade in movies with Netflix. Forget that he's been front and center in our consciousness long past the usual sell-by date for popularity. We just like him.
The day after Shaq become the fifth player in NBA history to score 28,000 career points, check out how his approval rating compares to some of the game's biggest stars.
But unlike another aging peer with longstanding popularity, Brett Favre, Shaq doesn't appear to be helping his legacy much at this point. He's only the third center to score 28,000 points, but is he one of the best centers of all time?
J.A. - on a personal level, if you were (God forbid) a Cavs fan, where would you stand on the potential trading of Z? On the one hand, the man has redefined "loyal" (we can only hope LBJ is 1/10 as loyal as Z). On the other hand, doesn't Ferry owe it to the fans to do whatever is necessary to improve the Cavs' chances of winning it all? Even if it means trading a close friend and the most loyal athlete Cleveland will probably ever know?
More than Bernie Kosar? I'm not a Cleveland guy, so I'm not sure how they'd rank. I'm guessing Kosar. But if you could get Jamison, I'd do it. Shaq has been playing pretty well lately, so I don't think you need Z as the insurance as much anymore. And if you're a long-suffering Cleveland fan, I'm guessing you would trade your own mother if it could get you a championship Full transcript
i know how [Kansas center Cole Aldrich] is falling on draft boards because he isn't getting as many touches, but he is like a more athletic version of Brook Lopez. Come draft night do GMs really take unproven "projects" over a defensive big man who knows how to really play? Aldrich goes #3-5 or I quit even watching nba basketball--its nonsense..
I don't know if he's falling, he's stayed pretty steady at No. 7 all year. However, more and more GMs are questioning the "size matters over everything else" mantra that has plagued the league the last 15 years thanks to Hakeem, Ewing, Robinson, Shaq and Yao. More and more teams are going small, playing up tempo and looking for mobile big guys who can get up and down the floor. So players like Aldrich aren't quite as valuable as they used to be. That said, I'd be shocked if he wasn't a Top 10 pick. Full transcript
Shaquille O'Neal thinks LeBron James could be a good player-coach in the NBA right now. We're fairly confident Joakim Noah disagrees. As for Mike Brown, Cleveland's currently employed coach-coach? Our guess is he agrees with James on this -- whatever James believes.
"This is just an opportunity for Shaq to put the spotlight back on him, make him seem unselfish, and hype up his team. Means nothing." -- SN commenter edwin.geinger
Yeah, we don't really have a good comeback for that. The truth hurts. But (there's always a but) since Shaq threw it out there, we at least find ourselves wondering if any player could successfully handle a double role. It wasn't all that long ago, sort of, that Bill Russell led the Celtics to a championship as a player-coach. And SportsNation has already made it clear they think NBA coaches matter less than in any other major sport. So could it happen?
Maybe the cavs should fire mike brown and hire lebron as player coach. Don't get me wrong I am a huge cavs fan. Its just a thought since all of clevelands championships with the exception of the browns have had a player-coach for the indians in both world series championship years with lou boudreau and tris speaker.” -- 23lebronjames
I guess LeBron can keep the basketball IQ. Kobe will keep his rings. lol” -- metalsiren00
LeBron James visits the Knicks Friday night in a game that is perhaps not as important as people who spend too much time in close proximity to the I-95 corridor think it is. Madison Square Garden has some solid history, sure, but as a majority of SportsNation would attest, we're not talking about the Coliseum in Rome (more like Kennedy Arena in Rome, N.Y.).
Nevertheless, with the Cavaliers off to a 3-3 start and looking like a team little better than the versions that came up short in recent seasons, a visit to the Big Apple will rev up the engines of speculation when it comes to LeBron's future plans. NBA.com blogger Sam Smith made a bold prediction this week, suggesting LeBron will end up playing alongside Kobe Bryant with the Lakers. To which we say, it's about time Phil Jackson gets some talent to work with. But could the game's two biggest stars really coexist?
LeBron is not an aging vet signing a 1 yr deal, meaning 2011, 2012, 2013, etc. are just as important as 2010. Therefore we should be talking about not just teams' 2010 rosters/cap space, but also 2011, as well as the power structures (gm/coach) and financial stability of potential franchises LeBron may actually be interested in.
Yup. And that's why I believe the Cavs misplayed their hand. They have been consumed with winning short term instead of putting in place a young core that can keep the Cavs in the Eastern Conference Finals for the next decade. I'm still not convinced that LeBron will bolt. But if he does, that will be the reason. Great players want to play with other great players. That's why the Dream Team has been so appealing to veterans. If LeBron can find a great situation (a big if) I think he bolts. At a cursory glance, the Clippers might be the best long term fit ... can you imagine LeBron with Baron Davis, Eric Gordon, Blake Griffin and Chris Kaman? Full transcript