its really interesting to me how Shaq was a big Laker fan pre-dwight.. He would stretch and say we can win a ring, or Bynum is the best center.. i WONDER if the BIg Aristotle is playing head games with Dwight to make him play better. maybe shaq actually wants the Lakers to win, badly. but its more likely that he's just jealous of the Dwight-LAL saga.. the media on this team, and specifically Dwight, is, and will be unprecidented.
For this to be realistic, Shaq would have to be much smarter than he actually is. He's a big clown man, always has been - it's why he took the tools to be the greatest player who ever lived and turned them into a "good enough on talent alone" hall of fame career (I always wished along with many Laker fans that Kobe's will, desire and work ethic could have been put inside Shaq's body - THAT would have been something to watch for the ages).
It's why Kobe never respected him, it's why he bounced around during his career and it's why he can't let this go and still starts petty arguments and smack talk like he's a 16 year old kid in the gym playing with college guys.
He doesn't realize his entire career path was a direct result of his own way of doing things, his own mouth, his own way of thinking - only he's always been bigger, more naturally talented, more famous and more rich than everyone else in the room to ever get called on it. Now he's just another media talking head (and a sh*tty one at that) who hasn't shifted to his role because he just doesn't know how to - he's not smart enough to figure it out.
He won't ever change, it will just get old after a while and people will stop paying attention to him after he gets fired from TNT. What he should do is learn to be gracious and understand that though he's been great for this franchise, he's not close to being loved here because of the big [expletive] he took on the franchise on his way to Miami - but he can't even see that.
His number retirement ceremony should have waited until Dwight had cemented his own legacy as a Laker great - maybe then he would have been more humble about what he says, MAYBE.
Edited by SoCalSpider, October 04, 2012 - 03:52 PM.