"We have professionals who know what to do," O'Neal said of playing for the Suns. No one is asking me to play with Chris Quinn or Ricky Davis. I'm actually on a team again."The ironic thing is that Diesel is endorsing Kobe for MVP - "The Kobester. He's an assassin"
Such remarks extended to the top of the team's talent ladder, with O'Neal privately referring to Dwyane Wade as "Wonder Boy," rekindling memories of the ugly departures O'Neal had from Penny Hardaway with the Magic and Kobe Bryant with the Lakers.
Wow, what a surprise. Shaq rips his former team. Now where have we seen this before? Oh yeah. Everywhere he's been. When things go well, his coach is the best coach he's ever played for; his team is the best team he's ever played on. But the tune changes when things go badly, which he never has a hand in. Then the coach sucks and his ex-teammates are busters. It will happen once he leaves Pheonix, and if another team is stupid enough to trade for him it'll happen there too. That's Shaq for you.
I think it's good marketing on Shaq's part. Drum up enough interest in a team that's going nowhere and voila you have a Mia-Phx Christmas showdown for at least two years. Then if he starts feuding with one of the Heat players, they can continue talking smack back and forth via the media, and they can patch up their differences on MLK day or some other holiday that's about peace. But in the end, the attention stays on Shaq, he reaps financial rewards, and takes the focus off his deteriorating game.
Wait. It's almost like we've seen this movie before. Can't quite put my finger on it...