Shaq to L.A.? Or in LD2k terms, Hollywood Story chapter 3?!? One expert thinks so…
NBC Sports: As Shaquille O’Neal last week was praising Kobe Bryant as his greatest teammate, as he was extolling the merits of Phil Jackson as sheer sideline genius, the natural inclination was to wonder where the Suns center was going with all of this.
Hadn’t he, in recent years, spoken of how Dwyane Wade was his ultimate sidekick, the perfect pairing he lacked first with Penny and then with Kobe?
Didn’t he make Pat Riley dance on the front steps of AmericanAirlines Arena (much to the chagrin of the assembled crowd) in 2006 after Riley had positioned Shaq for that fourth championship many thought never would arrive?
Ah, but this is Shaq, and there always is an agenda.
So at a time when a lesser man (at least in terms of stature) might have been concentrating his rhetoric on Steve Nash, Amare Stoudemire and the incredibly uneven Suns, something else appeared to be at play.
At least to those in the know.
“Of course he loves Kobe and Phil now,” an executive with another team said after watching replay after replay of Shaq’s L.A.-bound bouquets. “He’s trying to get back to the Lakers.”