By Marcus Thompson
Friday, December 7th, 2007 at 4:34 pm in Uncategorized.
Hear me out, before you go crazy.
Yes, he’s a half-court player who would slow up the Warriors tempo. Yes, he’s getting $20 million this year, and $40 million over the next two seasons. Yes, he’s aging and out of shape.
But … it’s Shaq!
Can you imagine Shaq in a lineup with Baron Davis, Stephen Jackson, Al Harrington and Kelenna Azubuike? If that doesn’t float your boat, how about Monta Ellis and Andris Biedrins coming off the bench? It’s not like Shaq, also a poor free throw shooter, won’t fit in.
Before you think about how much slower the Warriors will play with Shaq plodding down the court, think of how many fast breaks Andris Biedrins finishes. Very few. The Warriors don’t need Shaq to lead the break or finish it. They would just need him to clog the middle, throw some bows and make something happen when they dump the ball down to him. If the break doesn’t work, by the time Shaq gets down the court, there’s still some 15 seconds left on the shot clock. How much better would the Warriors half-court offense be if the defense had to pay attention to Shaq?
The Diesel certainly isn’t happy in Miami. Check out this quote in the Palm Beach Post of Shaq demanding he wants the ball:
“I shouldn’t have to communicate that. We have to find a way to get me the ball. I don’t shoot jumpers, and I’m not a pick-and-roll player. If I can get my touches, I’m going to do what I do.”
You know Pat Riley’s frustrated with him and would be listening to offers. He’s probably about ready to rebuild and need the cap space. They’d probably take him for Al Harrington and Mickael Pietrus. They may even pay part of his salary. Whatever the Warriors lose in cap space, they would get back at the gate. Oracle would be sold out every night if Shaq was in orange & blue.
Remember, the Warriors have to get through San Antonio and/or Utah to get to the Finals. They need a banger to duel with Duncan and Boozer. That’s unavoidable. There’s no better banger than a motivated Shaq, which he will be if his team is in it come March.
You convinced yet? Neither am I. Interesting thought, though.