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#1 Game

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Posted January 12, 2009 - 12:52 AM

LOS ANGELES -- This was the rare truth in NBA superstar matchup hype, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade really did go head-to-head, as proven postgame when Bryant sported four stitches under his right eyebrow and Wade held an ice bag against his dome.

That was the result of a bump when Bryant reached in to knock the ball away from a driving Wade in the fourth quarter. And it was indicative of just how intense this matchup was.

"That's what it's all about," Wade said. "That's what you play for, the matchups."

The dynamic of this one has changed over the years, testy at times, but now simply a matter of mutual respect after they spent the summer together on the Olympic team.

"Early on we didn't have a relationship because of the whole Kobe-Shaq drama," said Wade, dragged into it by Shaquille O'Neal's trade to Miami that brought out the inevitable two-guard comparisons. "Over time we built the relationship, of course the Olympics, you get to respect somebody and know their family. I get Christmas cards, Thanksgiving cards from Kobe and his family all year. It makes it more competitive..."


and from the shaq article...this is a few paragraphs in, he's at staples for the clippers game

...So where would Shaq prefer to have his giant jersey hang?

"Hopefully it'll be here," he said, walking through the hallway in Staples Center. "I was part of the greatest one-two punch in Laker history. Hopefully they still remember that.

"In a perfect world, I have four teams, I'd be the first guy standing there with all four jerseys, number retired in all four places. It's not something I really think about. If I had my first wish, it would be here. Because when I first came here, I made the statement I would love to have my name next to Kareem and those greats..."



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Posted January 12, 2009 - 01:13 AM

the shaq piece was great


and i'd love to have his jersey retired at staples.

Edited by androsays, January 12, 2009 - 01:43 AM.


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Posted January 12, 2009 - 01:13 AM

Great read. I don't know if he would have it retired at Phoenix (from great to least LAL > MIA > ORL > PHO) but for sure have it retired here in LA.

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Posted January 12, 2009 - 01:40 AM

It gets more and more possible that he'll be signed here once his contract is up - play one year behind Bynum, get another ring and retire a Laker.

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Posted January 12, 2009 - 01:46 AM

It gets more and more possible that he'll be signed here once his contract is up - play one year behind Bynum, get another ring and retire a Laker.


shaq can't back up bynum, not after this -


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Posted January 12, 2009 - 01:52 AM

^nasty on both sides, still remember that


but shaq could play a great mentor to bynum, he could learn a thing or two about dominating

Edited by androsays, January 12, 2009 - 01:53 AM.


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Posted January 12, 2009 - 01:56 AM

^nasty on both sides, still remember that


but shaq could play a great mentor to bynum, he could learn a thing or two about dominating

i was mostly kidding...haha, that was hilarious though, i thought shaq was going to kill him

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Posted January 12, 2009 - 02:04 AM

shaq :vic2:

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Posted January 12, 2009 - 03:14 AM

:rolleyes: I love how the poll makes you vote who's second in the MVP race, after Lebron.

Edited by Alekz, January 12, 2009 - 03:15 AM.


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Posted January 12, 2009 - 09:50 AM

I want his jersey retired here. Hate him or not, he was the force who got us that 3-peat. None of you hated him when he was here, so why hate him now. Yes, he can be an [expletive] at times, but that's how he is.

#34 will be retired in LA.

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Posted January 12, 2009 - 10:47 AM

after what he said about LA.......no thanks........shaq you did good, but you bad mouthed the city and the org too much.....have the number retired in 3 other places....

unless he comes back and we have 1 more kobe,shaq,phil champ....the he can get it retired here :blush:

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Posted January 12, 2009 - 11:38 AM

Agree^^^ #34 should be retired @ L.A


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Posted January 12, 2009 - 03:24 PM

why wouldn't he have his jersey retired here, don't deny the man his due rights because of some stupid crap that happened more than 5 years ago, we wouldn't have gotten 3 rings because of the guy
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Posted January 12, 2009 - 03:33 PM

I want his jersey retired here. Hate him or not, he was the force who got us that 3-peat. None of you hated him when he was here, so why hate him now. Yes, he can be an [expletive] at times, but that's how he is.

#34 will be retired in LA.


i never hated shaq :)

why wouldn't he have his jersey retired here, don't deny the man his due rights because of some stupid crap that happened more than 5 years ago, we wouldn't have gotten 3 rings because of the guy


serio, 3-peat? shazam, best times of my short life

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Posted January 12, 2009 - 03:45 PM

serio, 3-peat? shazam, best times of my short life

You mean Kazaam!

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Posted January 12, 2009 - 06:15 PM

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Krispy Kreme's sales are up by 500% since Shaq discovered them...

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Posted January 12, 2009 - 06:20 PM

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Krispy Kreme's sales are up by 500% since Shaq discovered them...

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Posted January 12, 2009 - 11:05 PM

You mean Kazaam!

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