by Brett Edwards
As someone who was fortunate enough to have Lakers season tickets for the three seasons they were winning championships, I definitely appreciate what Shaq did for the organization. Nothing is better than going to the NBA Finals every year, it's just fannnnnntastic! Obviously none of that would have been possible without Shaq, and for that I will always be grateful.
The fact remains however, that Shaq's mouth and other antics are the sole reason he is not a member of the Lakers today. It's not because of Kobe, the media, Bitch Kupchak, or anything else. Shaq alone is to blame, and so for those that may have forgotten, here are a couple of reasons why Laker fans should now hate Shaq, in no particular order:
- Shaq is the reason that the Lakers are as bad as they are right now. His mouthing off to the owner during a pre-season game here ("pay me motherfucker") along with his eventual demand for a trade, made it inevitable that the Lakers would only be able to get fifty cents on the dollar for him (Odom, Grant, Butler, bag of basketballs).
- The fact that Shaq decided to "get in shape" for his first season with his new team, when he repeatedly did the opposite as a Laker. He frequently showed up to training camp 30+ pounds overweight, and then tried to "play his way into shape" during the regular season. At least MIA fans are getting a taste of that behavior this season, as Shaq is currently milking a 5-game ankle sprain for a two month vacation.
I could ramble on about this for 2000 more words, but this is a blog not a magazine. If Shaq left on good terms, for reasons beyond his control, then you don't boo him upon his return. Given the way he went out, and the shambles the team is in now because of it, please Laker fans, boo the crap out of him every time he shows his face at Staples.