The NBA Finals this season was supposed to be a battle between Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. The two best players in the world, along with the two best teams going head to head.
It would have been a great series and may have been talked about for years to come, much like the epic battles between Larry Bird and Magic Johnson are talked about today, but Dwight Howard and the mismatch of the Orlando Magic had something to say about that.
Now with a brutal offseason of what ifs the Cavs have to make their team impenetrable and more unstoppable, and their biggest place of need is in the front court. They need to make sure that what happened this season never happens again.
Who would be able to match up with “Superman” Dwight Howard? what about the original “Man of Steel” himself Shaquille O’Neal?
Shaq is not in his prime, but has proved that he can still be a big time performer in the NBA. He has taken teams with big time stars and won them championships four times. He would be a huge asset to a team like the Cavaliers who desperately needed someone of his talents in the Conference Finals.
People say that Shaq carried the teams he was on to the Finals, but LeBron has been living proof that you can’t win on your own. Shaq didn’t make the amazing shots that Kobe and Dwayne Wade did to be a total nightmare for opposing teams.
The Cavs did a great job at acquiring Mo Williams, he fitted their needs and got them far, but he alone will not win the Cavs a championship.
If Shaq came to Cleveland there will be three all-stars on their team, and it would be the new “Big Three.”
This would help the media as well, can you imagine the headlines you would see if it was Cavs vs. Lakers in the Finals? Forget about LeBron vs. Kobe they would be talking about Kobe and Shaq.
The Cavs have expressed their interest in Shaq, but the question is how will they trade to get him?
A team with Žydrūnas Ilgauskas and Shaq would be trouble for people in the low post because they’re so different, but can the Cavs hold on to the player that has been playing with them since LeBron was in school?
They could give up Anderson Varejao and Ben Wallace, but will the Pheonix Suns bite on that combination?
There are a lot of questions in this conversation, but to say Shaq would not be a great acquisition is a horrible statement.
He helps win championships and still has gas in his aging tank.