Shaq’s Injury Could Spell Trouble for Cavaliers

February 26th, 2010 by John P. Wise Leave a reply »


It's been a long time since I thought Shaquille O'Neal was a key factor on a basketball team. I've never really been a big fan of his.

In my opinion, folks get their terms mixed up when describing Shaq as a great basketball player. He's certainly big and strong and physical, but far from great. Even in his prime, he was not great. Great to me means that there's a certain amount of skill or talent involved, and though they are indeed assets, I hardly consider height, weight, and strength among key skills for a basketball player.

Shaq is also a fairly insecure dude on a personal level. Think of the off-court drama he's created with others over the years. His rap song about Kobe Bryant in 2008? Are you serious? And now at age 37, he's crying that he deserves the "Superman" nickname more than Orlando's Dwight Howard? Ridiculous.

Shaq has never won an NBA title by himself. In Los Angeles, where the Lakers won three in a row, he had Kobe, and they were coached by one of the greats, Phil Jackson. In Miami, he played alongside Dwyane Wade, and together they were led by another great coach, Pat Riley.

Yet when Phoe ...

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