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Sunday, July 11, 2004

Well Laker fans, the day of Reckoning is upon us

It looks from the sound of everything that Shaquille O'Neal is set to go the Miami Heat and Pat Riley's dictatorship. Good luck to all involved there. Riley is known as a strong diciplinarian and Shaq could give a crap about coming to camp in shape or improving his horrendous free throw stroke. Now that the deal for all intents and purposes is done, I have some thoughts. Initially I didn't want him to be traded, but the more I thought about it, the more it made sense for the Lakers. He is on the downslope of his career. We might as well get something for him while we still can. If he stayed, he would have been a cancer in the locker room because of his lame-duck status. He obviously feels the Lakers disrespected him after the season. Get over it Shaq. Look what happened last year when he waited almost until the season had begun before he had his foot surgery when he could have taken care of it after the last season had ended. His coming to training camp perpetually overweight and out of shape just showed a complete disregard for his other teammates and they always resented him for that. Let's be honest here also,this is now Kobe's team. He doesn't like that fact at all. Kobe Bryant is not going to the LA Clippers. He may be stupid, but he's not that stupid. They never got along with each other on or off the court and that is an important consideration. I expect Kobe to re-sign this week with the Lakers.


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