Diesel Not Available in LA
Shaq Gets Traded to Miami
Shaq Mini-Jersey Part of Personal Collection
Paranaque, July 2004
The Beatles, Hello Goodbye
The past 72 hours have been bittersweet.
The Diesel, Shaq daddy, Superman has left the building. From coast to coast, from Los Angeles to Miami, Shaq brings his game back to Florida where he started in 1992.
O’Neal leaves the Lakers after eight seasons as the franchise’s sixth leading scorer (13,895), third best from the field (.575), fifth leading rebounder (6,090) and second leading shot blocker (1,278). During his career in Los Angeles, O’Neal was named NBA Most Valuable Player once (2000), Finals Most Valuable Player three times (2000, 2001, 2002) and All-NBA First Team on six occasions (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004). A 14-time Player of the Week, 8-time Player of the Month and 7-time All-Star as a Laker, O’Neal posted averages of 27.0 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.49 blocked shots while winning three NBA Championships (2000, 2001, 2002) in Los Angeles. (nba.com)
On the other hand, Kobe re-signs with the Lakers! So their first five looks like this:
o Center: Slava Medvedenko
o Shooting Guard: Kobe Bryant - signed up a day after Shaq was traded
o Point Guard: Gary Payton
o Small Forward: Lamar Odom - traded from Miami in ONeal Deal
o Power Forward: Brian Grant - traded from Miami in ONeal Deal
Good luck Shaq! See you in the Finals!
Talking about the NBA, my distant cousin, Trevor Ariza, should make the New York Knicks line up. Ooppps, wrong spelling, but who cares? Malapit na rin yan, right?