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You made Shaq leave LA. You made Payton leave LA. You even made Coach Jackson leave LA (temporarily, as life is an ebb and flow, etc.)

The Big Fella moved to Miami and the Glove ended up there with him. Pat Riley came out of coaching retirement and right now LAist is sitting in front of our plasma screen watching Gary Payton nearly cry from winning his first ring.

That 81-point game of yours was freakish and novel, but it didn't lead to a ring.

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All you care about is yourself, all we as Lakers fans care about are titles. You should be embarrassed that the Lake Show wasn't even the best NBA team in LA. You should be ashamed at what you broke up.

Shaq has proven that even with age, injuries, and issues at the charity stripe, that he indeed was the heart of the post-Magic Lakers

and you were the ego.

Have a nice summer, number 8, because next year at this time we want to be watching people burning shit outside of Staples. As it should be.