HOOPSWORLD.COM: It’s one of the most famous cliffhangers in television history. Bobby Ewing taking a shower after being killed off the year before. The entire season of Dallas – nothing but a bad dream.

That was back in 1986, the year Ralph Sampson broke the heart of the Los Angeles Lakers with that turnaround jumper.

Sometimes you wish you can just turn back the clock.

Maybe the Lakers can . . .

Trading Shaquille O’Neal was one of the most controversial moves the franchise had ever made. After going 3-1 in the NBA Finals over a five year stretch, team owner Dr. Jerry Buss and his heir apparent Jim Buss decided it was time to pull the plug.

O’Neal was traded to the Miami HEAT for Lamar Odom, Caron Butler, Brian Grant and draft considerations.

The HEAT would go on to win a title two years later. The Lakers would have a visit to the lottery, followed by a pair of first round playoff exits.

At the time of the trade the Lakers were under pressure to re-sign free agent Kobe Bryant who did not see eye-to-eye with O’Neal.

Dr. Buss didn’t want to pay a massive extension to O’Neal considering the center was rarely in shape and had disrespectfully called out Laker management during the preseason.

The HEAT would eventually sign O’Neal to long term deal at a far cheaper rate than he would consider in LA. After winning a title, Miami would be embarrassed by the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the playoffs. They’ve been rebuffed in nearly all their free agent pursuits save the acquisition of Laker castoff Smush Parker.

Meanwhile the Lakers are dealing with a disgruntled Bryant who has yet to rescind a trade demand. He’ll probably have no choice but to eventually show for training camp but the team’s future is far from certain.

Maybe it’s time for a do-over.

Send Lamar Odom back to the HEAT with Jordan Farmar and Kwame Brown.

Bring back the Diesel.

Continue reading ‘Pincus: Bring Back the Diesel!’

  • MacBSlick

    Pincus get a damn life would you. Stop living in the past. Shaq is fat and old and not worth a penny in my book. Im sick of these stupid so called journalists who write the same crap day after day. Shaqs gone get over it man!

  • two0one7

    Funny article, thats the best way to view it. Don’t take these articles too seriously, they’re just written by bored writers (notice I don’t refer to them as “journalist”).

  • foxxy

    WHAT!!! SHAQ, PLEASE…HE’S OVER AND DONE…SAW THAT IN THE PLAYOFFS WITH THE BULLS!!! BUT IT IS ASHAME THAT HE WONT RETIRE AS A LAKER!!!! AND MAYBE KOBE WONT EITHER!!! THE LAKER ORG. REALLY HAS SCREWED UP!!! HOPING IT CAN BE FIXED REAL SOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • BEC

    Its amazing how much crap writers put out, how they write about stupid scenarios like this or how they spin and rephrase the whole “kobe trade demands and sit out season” idea. I felt like ive read hundreds of articles on that alone and its the same old thing over and over, nothing new, but its still rewritten time after time.
    I would love Shaq back though, an unhealthy Shaq at 40 is still better than 99% of the centers in the NBA, even at his current contract of 60 mill.
    Its amazing though, if we only beat Detroit in 04, Shaq would still be here. No way Shaq gets traded after we win a title. With Kobe and Shaq we should have six titles in the past 8 years instead of 3 titles, just kobe, a lottery season, and 2 first round exits and counting.

  • E-ROC

    I wouldn’t trade for Shaq. He’s old and doesn’t take the whole season seriously. Also, he and Phil don’t see eye to eye at the moment. LOL, he even has more baggage than Kobe, if u believe the smut that’s put out there by the tabloids.

  • http://www.myspace.com/regg66 rpouncy14

    Shaq coming back. I don’t think is gonna happen.

  • fatty

    Eric Pincus to sit out season for more pay and better benefits?

    I have no sources to prove that point, but if he sits out the Laker season, and refuses to cover the Lakers, then he can take his Hoopsworld job and shove it. I guess in the end, he will eventually be forced to do the job he is contracted to do by his boss.

    But in the mean time, he his probally thinking to himself, “This job sucks, my employer doesn’t keep their promises, they are all liers, my other writers, if you can call them that, are making us look bad at hoopsworld. I’ll show them. I’m sitting out until I can find a better job.”

    Can you believe someone actually thinking those thoughts? This guy is so selfish. He dishonors his profession. Sitting out and not fulfilling his contract to cover the Lakers with no thought of how this will reflect on Hoopsworld.

    Hoopsworld needs to dump this selfish, ego maniac. They need someone who actually likes the Lakers and will cover them objectively. Eric time to go. Maybe you should go write for a team that you really like. The Phoenix Suns.

  • foxxy

    [quote comment=”13625″]Eric Pincus to sit out season for more pay and better benefits?

    I have no sources to prove that point, but if he sits out the Laker season, and refuses to cover the Lakers, then he can take his Hoopsworld job and shove it. I guess in the end, he will eventually be forced to do the job he is contracted to do by his boss.

    But in the mean time, he his probally thinking to himself, “This job sucks, my employer doesn’t keep their promises, they are all liers, my other writers, if you can call them that, are making us look bad at hoopsworld. I’ll show them. I’m sitting out until I can find a better job.”

    Can you believe someone actually thinking those thoughts? This guy is so selfish. He dishonors his profession. Sitting out and not fulfilling his contract to cover the Lakers with no thought of how this will reflect on Hoopsworld.

    Hoopsworld needs to dump this selfish, ego maniac. They need someone who actually likes the Lakers and will cover them objectively. Eric time to go. Maybe you should go write for a team that you really like. The Phoenix Suns.[/quote]
    I AGREE WITH YOU 100%…THESES WRITERS ARE ALL A JOKE!!!

  • PHANTOM

    Imagine having shaq back! Well ticket sales may not go up. Lakers win total may not go up. I bet the lakers can make out by the concesions going up. shaq probably throws down 5k a night in donuts and hot dogs to feed his fat acc!!!!

  • fatty

    Hoopsworld to fire Eric Pincus?

    Its been rumored, and if the rumors are true, that after calling his bosses liars and dissing his fellow writers as non-writers, hoopsworld then will almost assuredly replace Pincus with someone less selfish and honest.

    As one hoopsworld insider said, not to be named, with knowledge of the situation said. “If the rumors are true, Eric has gone too far. Dissing the entire organization then having the gall to sit out the Laker season with little or no warning? He thinks he owns this place. He has to be one of the most selfish writers we’ve ever had.”

    The insider also volunteered that he thinks Eric indeed likes the Suns and would ask to be transfered to the Suns desk but hoopsworld would only tell him to grow up and stay put. He also felt that Pincus would regret that decision, if that was truly their decision.

    Submit your application to hoopsworld if you are interested in a soon to be vacated job. Only people with integrity need apply.

  • Michael_23

    … Right sign em up for vets minimum.

  • Michael_23

    Guys we can have Shaq in a Lakers uniform again. On NBA Live or NBA 2k7 just go on Roster change, trade him for Kwame Brown and BOOM! We get Shaq. Then go to Edit Player and change his # to 34.

    Then we can be pretty good contenders in the playoffs!

  • fatty

    Phantom,

    “I posted this after the Knicks beat the Heat at the Garden last season. Shaq being mad, said his teamates embarrassed him. And they lost because he didn’t get the ball enough. I thought you might appreciate it.”

    Shaq calls a team meeting at Duncan Donuts.

    Shaq – “Ok guys, I’m tired of you embarrassing me. Its time for the Big Cinamon Bun to take over. Wade, you got something to say?

    Wade- “No, I lead by example. I do my playing on the court. So, if you guys want to learn something I suggest you watch the ESPN highlights.

    Shaq – “Listen up you donut holes. I’ll make it real easy for ya. I’ve got a game plan even you can follow. On this table I’ve drawn up a play that we need to use every time down the court. Using these donuts will make it real easy to understand. Now Peyton, you’re the glaze, Williams, you the plain cake, Haslem, the maple bar, Wade, you’re the Chocolate coated one with all the candy sprinkles on top, and me, I’m the Big Cinnamon Bun in the middle.”

    Wade – “Why can’t I be the Big Cinnamon Bun in the middle?!

    Shaq – “Because I’m the Big Cinnamon Bun. Your turn will come some day. For now, I’ve got the Big Buns around here.”

    Peyton – “Shaq, where are the defense guys?”

    Shaq – “ I ate them when I was setting this up. But that’s not important. What’s important is what you do with the donut hole.”

    Peyton – “Shaq, I’m not happy being just a glaze.I’m better than that. I feel I should be a Raspberry Jam filled, at least.”

    Shaq – “Ok Peyton, You can be a jam filled. Where’s Walker?”

    Walker – “Hey, hey, hey! Its Fat Walker, Reporting for duty, Shaq Man.”

    Shaq – “Walker, put down that Cinnamon Bun and listen.

    Here’s the play. We have one play we run the whole game. You take the Donut Hole and pass it to the Big Cinnamon Bun in the middle every time. From now on out, you put the whole game on my buns and I’ll will carry you to the Championships. Its so simple, even that Caveman, Kopono could do it. Now, let’s go play some ball.”

    Wade – “Shaq, Aren’t you coming with us?”

    Shaq – “Be there in a moment. I need to stay behind and eat all the evidence.“

  • MacBSlick

    “The Big Cinnamon Bun” Hilarious….

  • http://hzmdesigns.com hZm

    I actually like this article. Good read and an interesting scenario.
    Thanks Eric!

  • fatty

    ” He’ll probably have no choice but to eventually show for training camp but the team’s future is far from certain.” – Eric Pincus

    “A good read”, a deragatory statement about Kobe based on a made up assumption that was completely uncalled for?

    No thanks Eric for the electronic crap.

  • two0one7

    LOL, fatty thats hilarious. You mind if I post that on CL (crediting you of course). I’m sure they’ll get a kick out of that.

  • MO6

    Man you guys have to stop hating on Shaq. Hes old but hes still good and if it wasnt for him and Kobe we wouldnt even have the 3 championships. I would love to have him back then it could be like the good old times. Man but you guys have to stop hating on Shaq. Kobe and Shaq are friends again so cant you guys be friends with him too.

    Kobe and Shaq = more champioships in LA

  • Faith

    Brilliant!

    NOT!

    Actually it is far likelier for our front office to trade Kobe to the heat, for Smush Parker, Penny, and filler. Great deal!

  • daboss1848

    the grass is always greener crowd

    so many consumed with hate for the FO

  • PHANTOM

    fatty that is too funny

  • Brittnay

    Shaq coming back to LA. How cute lol :)

  • MacBSlick

    LOL….Faith

    Smush and Penny ..LMAO

  • fatty

    007

    You can copy and paste any thing I do. Be sure to include why I posted it. Shaq dissing his teamates and saying they embarrassed him.
    Thanks for your thoughts.

    Fatty

  • fatty

    Phantom,

    When you said donuts and Shaq, I couldn’t resist reposting the donut meeting. Honestly, I liked Shaq when here, but his dissing the Lakers and fans got me a little riled.

    Bringing him back? That’s just silly. 20 mil? Cmon.

  • MacBSlick

    MO6

    Shaqs not interested in playing a full season thats the problem with him…He wants the Championship but hes not interested in working hard for it. Thats why we traded his big behind in the first place. If he had worked hard, kept himself in shape, He still might be here. But hes done nothing But decline since the first Championship he got with us. He got worse every season he was here. Pat Rileys already had to ask Shaq to get in shape after 3 seasons in Miami. He rode Wade 1st season to a championship But Wade couldnt hold his big behind up the second and Third season and broke down with all that weight on his back. Believe me Miami is regretting giving Shaq all that money.

  • gugy

    Shaq is over!
    It was good while lasted. Now is time to move on. We need quality help for Kobe. That way we can bring rings to LA.
    Unfortunately, it doesn’t seems we are heading that direction. So maybe this will be indeed the last season for PJ and Kobe.
    Sad but true!

  • http://theworldvoice.com LUUUUKE

    BRING SHAQ BACK!!!! at 50 years old hes better than kwame.

  • fatty

    luke,

    Cant argue with that, Shaq dead in the grave would be better than Kwame. But for 20 mil? The vet minnie, for sure.

  • MacBSlick

    Fatty

    Shaq would rather be in that grave then take the minnie! In his little mind that would be a huge slap in the mug.

  • lakerfan81

    that would be great for the media; Sha1 vs Kobe round 2.

    Why would the lakers was a fat, old, out of shape shaq? He is still dominant in stretches because… well he shaq. But his better days are over.

  • kyler_hay

    Haha Shaq comming back? And im Santa Claus LMAO

  • KOBEISKING