by Brett Edwards
We did not see this after Game 2.
Being an addict of the NBA, and realizing I'm about to have almost four months without it, I find myself watching everything I can that has to do with these Finals. That includes the post-game press conferences on NBA TV that air immediately after the games. For the most part they're uneventful, but you do get the occasional wisecrack from one of the participants. Usually Dirk asks "who?" to at least one of the reporters when they identify themselves, and after Game 1 Pat Riley had the funny line when he was asked if D Wade was injured after he fell down. He responded, "hey, he falls down eight times and gets up nine, right?" Everyone laughed, as Riley was referring to Wade's shoe commercial that ran earlier this year.
I was mildly disappointed (but not surprised) to see Shaq pull a no-show for the media after Game 2. He was fined the obligatory 10 grand, and the team was fined another 25. But these are extremely minor amounts for a player worth over a hundred million and a franchise worth half a billion. It seems like the league would rather have people not show and pay the nominal bail amount than show up and say something they may regret. Though it is rare, I love it when we get meltdowns from a player or coach, but Shaq wouldn't give us the satisfaction.
I bring this up with Shaq for two reasons: 1) I don't like him, and 2) Shaq has the biggest mouth in the league. The guy has press releases for no reason. He makes up feel good stories to make himself look like a big hero. He runs his mouth at his former team through the press. He thinks it's funny to run his mouth, but only when things are going his way. Like referring to Sacramento as the "Queens" while with the Lakers, and historically referring to Eric Dampier as "Ericka", and saying "she would be the MVP of the WNBA." While I think these lines are just as funny as everyone else does, where is Shaq on the night he is outplayed by "Ericka?" The guy's a frontrunner and an egomaniac, and couldn't bear to show up to defend his gawdawful performance and his team's shellacking at the hands of the Mavs.
I just have two more words on this: Shuck Faq.