Burnt by the Heat
Shaq had his way with the Lakers night as the Heat swept the season with LA by winning 102-89. The victory seemed somewhat routine by the end, and it appears these Lakers-Heat games will lose their luster quickly if LA can't get it together quickly next season under a new coach with a healthy Kobe Bryant, who just doesn't look himself these days.
Regardless, LAist has some words for Shaq: "Get over yourself." Earlier this week Shaq spoke about how great it is to be a Heat.
"I enjoy the fact that I'm playing with a bunch of guys that play the game the way it's supposed to be played," Shaq said. "This is the first time where I could say I've been on a good team where everybody was on the same page."
So what were your Laker teams that won titles? Who wasn't on the same page, Shaq? Mmm... could this be another passive aggressive indictment of "you-know-who?"
The Los Angeles Lakers gave Shaq $150 million for eight years. While there were tough times, the Lakers provided Shaq with the talent and coaching to win the NBA title he so desperately coveted. LAist has great memories of those three rings, and we're sick and tired of Shaq tarnishing them and throwing them by the wayside every opportunity he gets. So he didn't get along with Kobe. So what? How come Kobe resists the temtpation to dis Shaq in the press every single day?
The fact of the matter is that both players were so incredibly selfish that neither could stand to let the other be the man. Both played an equal role in breaking up one of the best duos in sports history. Shaq often wouldn't talk to the media after a great Kobe game. He still would be a Laker right now, if he had been willing to take $9 million less in a contract extension which would have been used on the role players they so desperately needed to beat Detroit.
Shaq's leaving LA had as much to do with his own pettiness(and trade demand) as it does with Kobe's. And his self-victimization act is wearing thin.