Leave Our Shaq, "The Big Cactus"...Alone!

E Paul LianCorrespondent IJune 15, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 15:  Shaquille O'Neal #32 of the Phoenix Suns dunks over Kelenna Azubuike #7 of the Golden State Warriors during an NBA game on March 15, 2009 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Those of us in the Phoenix Metropolitan area have one thing to say to the Cleveland Cavs:

"Leave our Shaq alone!"

Shaq arrived in Phoenix 18 months ago and promptly held up four fingers, signifying he was here to win another World Championship. That hasn't happened yet, but this human dynamo has definitely made his mark in the High Sonoran Desert.

Upon arrival, Shaq told everyone his nickname was "The Diesel." He drove all over Phoenix in his big, black, beautiful 18 wheeler. When Shaq goes out for dinner, everyone knows it.

Suns fans still roar with approval seeing Shaq, the Big Cactus, lead a fast break; pity the poor defender who gets in his way. 

What FUN it is to see Shaq power slam a rebound through the basket and then run full bore to the other end of the court. His diving into the crowd to save an errant pass always makes the ESPN highlight reel...and draws roars from the home town fans.

Shaq's devotion to law enforcement is legendary. It didn't take him more than a few weeks to don a badge and throw his considerable weight and influence behind the Phoenix Police Department. He's been an exemplary citizen.

Is it Shaq's fault the Suns' win-loss record took a nose dive upon his arrival? Is it Shaq's fault Terry Porter lasted only a few weeks as the Head Coach before being fired? Is it Shaq's fault Suns General Manager Steve Kerr gets ridiculed for acquiring Shaq, and in the process, dismantled a perennial playoff team?

Do the Cleveland Cavaliers want to risk all of the above, in hopes of winning their first NBA title?

Think about it Cleveland...then decide to leave our Shaq alone.