Cavs Look for Their Man of Steel: Can Shaq Help LeBron Get a Ring?

Kyle Strittholt@Man0fSteel94Correspondent IJune 15, 2009

DENVER - FEBRUARY 20:   (L-R) LeBron James #23 and Shaquille O'Neal #32 of the Eastern Conference All-Stars smile on the bench in the final moments of the East's win over the Western Conference All-Stars the 54th All-Star Game, part of 2005 NBA All-Star Weekend at Pepsi Center on February 20, 2005 in Denver, Colorado.  The East won 125-115.  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 Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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.

The Cavaliers couldn’t stop Dwight Howard or the perimeter shooters of the Magic, so Cleveland once again fell short of being the top team in the NBA.

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.

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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.

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