I took the Steve Nash-Shaq Vs. news with a grain of salt. I tend to do that when regional papers report on things that tend to look a bit like sour grapes. You know the deal by now as we have seen it for years from the New York Post regarding LeBron. The WSJ article from a few days ago could be seen either way. Sure, these guys haven’t been traveling together, but again, who does? But the latest article to come out out Phoenix? Well, let’s just say that someone isn’t too happy with the way things ended with the Big Cactus.
When Shaq came to the Suns in February 2008, he promised to fit in. He said he knew his role, and understood the team’s run of heartbreak. He said he was sent here to shape Amaré Stoudemire into a Hall of Fame player. Like a kind giant, he vowed to push Phoenix over the top. It was all about us, not him, and everyone cheered. Everyone loves a bully when he’s on your side, protecting you.
Yet in his first full season with the team, he cared so little about team chemistry, team harmony and the team leader that he blatantly swiped Nash’s idea. That’s almost as bad as stealing money out of another guy’s locker.
The article goes on to discuss that O’Neal is no longer “Superman.” Continued to dig up how things went with Kobe Bryant. You know, before they “made up.” All things in the past, that are likely to continue – per the author.
Grouped with Michael Jordan over Ehlo, the recent drubbings from the Steelers and the misfortunes of the mid-1990s Indians, there seems to be the feeling that the Shaquille O’Neal addition will be nothing but a letdown to the fans of Cleveland.
Do we have a blind eye through all of this? Bill Livingston discussed the reality show Shaq Vs. this morning, but we have not heard much of O’Neal’s past antics discussed around these parts. Is it because we think that things are somehow going to be different here? Are we drinking the cool-aid (per se) with the “Win a Ring fot the King” talk?
Or are all of those publishing these pieces simply assuming that Cleveland will continue on without a championship for yet another season.
After all, it isn’t that far-fetched…
Cleveland, beware of Shaq the Hack [Arizona Republic]