Red Diesel: Could Shaquille O’Neal Be a Chicago Bull?

July 16th, 2010 by Dan Tylicki Leave a reply »
One thing is certain about future Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal: he won't be a Cleveland Cavalier next season. The question then becomes what team he will play for next season, since we know he won't retire.

The Celtics, Hawks, Heat, and several other teams have been thrown about as possible destinations. However, there is one that has not been brought up that I think could be a decent fit: the Chicago Bulls.

There are three criteria that seem to fit into Shaq becoming part of a team, for better or worse.

First, the young, short leader; whether Shaq is the star or the sidekick does not matter. On the Magic, he had Penny Hardaway; the Lakers, Kobe; the Heat, D-Wade; the Suns, Steve Nash; and the Cavs, LeBron; though the last one doesn't fit in as well. Chicago has Derrick Rose, so this fits.

Second, he needs to play with a more offensive-based big men so he can focus on being a big body. On the Heat, he was working alongside Alonzo Mourning, the Suns had Amare Stoudamire, and the Cavs had Zydrunas Ilgauskas. The Bulls have Joakim Noah, who is coming into his own as a reliable player.

Third, they have to be a one or two pie ...

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