This seems to happen every time. The gregariousness of the self-proclaimed Big Cactus/Aristotle/A-Hole seems to concoct some sort of witches brew before every meeting with his former team.
In his five seasons since being traded, Shaquille O’Neal has gotten in a shoving match with an 18-year old, buried the hatchet with Kobe, and this time, has dug up that very hatchet and slung it into the back of Phil Jackson.
Shaquille O’Neal, despite all of his grandeur and heroism during his eight seasons in Los Angeles, has become the city’s favorite villain.
His self-appropriated Man of Steel style always stood in stark contrast to the agile and vengeful Dark Knight persona of Kobe Bryant. Yet, the two heroes managed to win three consecutive titles, and for a time, proved that Batman and Superman could indeed work together. We all know how it ended. We all know the fights that transpired. We all heard what Shaquille has now told the Sac Bee.
With all the intrigue, muckraking and war mongering that Shaquille O’Neal has spearheaded over the course of his illustrious career, he has seemed to forget one important truth: it does not matter.
The interviews, the Shaq-isms, the nicknames, TWISM, none of it matters.
We were all duped. Shaquille O’Neal is a fraud. Shaquille O’Neal is more Lex Luthor, a master manipulator and savvy businessman than he is Clark Kent, a hardworking man of the people, despite being far from human.
2008-09 is the last stand of the Phoenix before it crumbles to dust. Steve Nash, Raja Bell, Grant Hill and the aforementioned O’Neal are rapidly aging, and I hardly expect Robin Lopez, Goran Dragic, Matt Barnes and Leandro Barbosa to rise to Western Conference supremacy after the elder Suns depart the NBA.
The Lakers head into the City of Smoke with not only the best record in the league (8-1), but with a chance to firmly illustrate the dichotomy between themselves and their Pacific Division rivals.
Tipoff: 7:30 PM PST
- National: TNT (Kevin Harlan & Doug Collins)
- Los Angeles: AM570 KLAC (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
- Phoenix: AM 620 KTAR (Al McCoy & Tim Kempton)
- None to report.
- Questionable: Leandro Barbosa (family issue)
The Life of a Total Square: If you liked those Batman/Superman references in the pregame, you might be Suns backup center Robin Lopez. Lopez is wayyyyyy into comic books and all things Disney. Like… seriously into it. Figurines all over his room, esoteric trivial knowledge, Disney-freak.
This fact makes Robin Lopez a way freaken cool and awesome dude. I could geek it HARD with the Lopez twins. A day of The New Avengers and Uncanny X-Men topped off with a viewing of their favorite Disney film Sleeping Beauty.
Varsity Challenge –
(Prize: A super special shout-out on Shaq’s Twitter.)
Describe, in detail, the Curse of the Coin Flip.