Will Shaq Return to the Lakers in 2010?
It came into the news the other day that Shaquille O'Neal didn't entirely reject the idea of playing for the Lakers when he becomes a free agent in 2010.
Although Shaq did later dismiss the notion, how great would that be? Just imagine it...or better yet, read what we may just hear Marv Albert say in two years time...
"Ladies and Gentlemen...welcome, to opening day of the 2010-2011 NBA Season.
As always, the first game of the season will feature last year's champions, the Los Angeles Lakers.
Our champion Lakers will be facing the up-and-coming Portland Trailblazers, featuring former Rookies of the Year Brandon Roy and Greg Oden.
But I think we can all agree on the main storyline here: the unthinkable has happened, hell has frozen, pigs are regularly disrupting airports, and Shaquille O'Neal is standing on the floor of the Staples Center, wearing the No. 34 jersey of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Yes, just weeks after Kobe Bryant won his first-ever Finals MVP, the Los Angeles Lakers acquired the services of Shaquille O'Neal, signing him to a one-year contract, a year that Shaq has announced will be his last in the NBA.
Even after the finals loss that Shaq had to endure in 2009, the Big Diesel has been more motivated than ever to find the elusive fifth championship that he believes will cement his legacy."
'I just gotta get more than Timmy,' Shaq said to us earlier today.
Of course, the media has had a frenzy with this signing. We all remember the Lakers Dynasty at the turn of the century, and the controversy that came with it.
The strained relationship between Kobe and Shaq has been well-known, and everyone has been wondering if those worries will again arise.
Especially now that Kobe has finally won a ring without the help of Shaq, and that Lakers Coach Phil Jackson has told Shaquille that he will be coming off the bench permanently for the first time in his career. Only time will tell if Shaq will be able to handle being a role player, where Kobe is still a star.
And we have just heard word of the starting lineups, let's begin with the Portland Trailblazers!
Ok, at point guard, from Arizona we have Jerryd Bayless, he who quickly filled the gap at point guard for this team and immediately made them a true contender.
Rudy Fernandez, from Spain, at shooting guard, whom we remember from the 2008 Olympics and his still-famous dunk on 'Superman' Dwight Howard.
At Small Forward, Brandon Roy, the MVP candidate, one of the the top five guards in the league right now.
At Power Forward, Lamarcus Alridge, who has finally come into his own as a first-time All-Star last year.
And at Center, the big man from Ohio State, despite all the worries about his injuries, after missing his entire first season, Greg Oden returned to win the Rookie of the Year, and is proving he is without a doubt, the big man of the new decade.
Nate McMillan will again be coaching the Blazers, blessed with a contract renewal after guiding the Blazers to the Western Conference Finals last year.
And now, the home team, the 2010 NBA Champions, the Los Angeles Lakers.
Today, at point guard, will be Derek Fisher who has been given the start today as a reward for his clutch play in last year's playoffs, and normal starting guard Jordan Farmar has been very gracious in accepting this honour for Fisher.
The Finals MVP, the player of this generation, easily one of the best players in NBA history, Kobe Bryant at shooting guard, wearing No. 24.
Lamar Odom, will be again starting at the small forward, released from his sixth man role of two years ago.
At power forward, Pau Gasol, who really transformed the Lakers after the trade back in 2008.
And Andrew Bynum, a true prodigy, will again be starting as the center for the Lakers.
Oh and what is this? An extra announcement for a very special addition, yes it is Shaquille O'Neal, he went back to Florida, he visited the desert, but today he returns to Hollywood.
The Shaq and Kobe partnership returns, many things have changed, but together, with these two great's of the game...anything is possible.
One must wonder, in a year's time, will we be watching these two players receive their fifth Championship Ring together."
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