Shaq Retread Laker Rumors Make Little Sense

Over the weekend, we relayed the rumor that the Lakers want Shaq. To this I say, absolutely no way. The Lakers are on the verge of winning a championship; why would they want to make any major overhauls this summer, if they didn't after being summarily crushed by the Celtics a year ago? ↵
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↵The Lakers: not in need of an old retread at this point.
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↵Not to get all SNL up in here, but really, the Lakers want to suddenly inject an aging Shaq into a frontcourt already crowded with talent? One that, at times, depends on Gasol and Odom have room to roam. One that, looking down the road, is banking heavily on Andrew Bynum getting healthy, finding his rhythm, continuing under the tutelage of Kareem, and becoming the next great center. One that plays well with Kobe Bryant, who himself is changing as he ages. Right, of course, the only logical response to this ideal situation is to bring in an over-the-hill monolith who spent over five years in a blood feud with Bryant. ↵
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↵So Shaq was an All-Star this year. Good for him. He didn't find the fountain of youth, and is even more of an imposition on a team's system than he would've been in his prime—without the same perks. There have been some whispers of the Cavs' interest in him. I don't see why that would make LeBron happy, except in a skit-making/YouTube-ruling kind of way. But at least he'd be able to step right in and take over for Big Z. Or would he? Ilguaskas spent a lot of this season around the periemeter, and Varejao is super-active. Shaq could move the ball, but wouldn't he get in the way of James to the lane, which is still Cleveland's best weapon? ↵
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↵LA makes even less sense. What's this you say, he once lived, happy as a clam, in the Triangle, system of all systems? Here's the secret about the Triangle: The form is always the seem, but the feel varies radically dependng on the personnel. I feel confident in stating that, if any seven-footer is going to step in and an add a new dimension to its current incarnation, it would be a springy, mobile youngster like Bynum, who has as much in common with Gasol as Shaq. But this just brings us back to square one: There is absolutely no overwhelming good reason to think the Lakers would make this major move. ↵
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↵Now, maybe Shaq wants it. Why wouldn't Shaq want another ring, and publicly announce it like his word is law? Shaq also wanted to be a cop, and be the first man to live on the outside of the space shuttle. I'll buy the "Shaq wants it" part of the rumor. But as real intel? This is only one step up from the dumbest trade rumor ever.↵

This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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