Shaq’s Uncertain Future

By Eric D. Graham, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: June 11, 2010

NORTH CAROLINA (BASN) — Has the “Big Diesel” finally run out of gas?

Has Superman lost his ability to fly?

After winning championships with Kobe Bryant and Dwayne Wade, Shaquille O’Neal, one of the most dominating center in NBA history, couldn’t win a NBA title for Phoenix’s Steve Nash a year ago or for Cleveland’s LeBron James this year.

To be brutally honest, that was the only reason Shaq came to Cleveland in order to “win a ring for the King.” That’s a direct quote from “The Daddy” by the way.

Shaq , in fact, was suppose to be the missing link that would give the Cavaliers the inside presents to challenge the Orlando Magic’s 6-foot-11 center Dwight Howard, who oddly enough claims to be Superman also.

Yeah, it was going to be a toe-for-toe “brawl- for- it all” for the Eastern Conference Championship. Superman vs. Superman. Free throw for free throw.

Well, it just didn’t workout as predicted…

With the Cavaliers disappointing loss to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semi-finals, how do we view Shaquille O’Neal, now?

Is it safe to say that he has lost his mojo? Or does it mean Nash and James aren’t as good as we think they are? Because, it’s obvious Shaq is half the player he once was….

He is definitely older, slower, and quite sluggish at times.

With that said, some sportswriters have even suggested that Shaq hurt Phoenix last year because he slowed-down the fast-paced Suns and this year he has even been accused of clogging up the lane which prevented teammate James from attacking the basket.

Despite this criticism, there is no doubt in my mind that Shaq is still beloved by the NBA but many Cavs fans preferred having J.J.

Hicks in the starting rotation rather than O’Neal during portions of the playoffs.

Is this enough evidence that Shaq should retire his size 22 basketball sneakers and leave the game of basketball before his skills diminish and he becomes the butt of bad jokes and missed free-throws?

Honestly, at 38 years old, the 7-foot 1, 350-pound O’Neal may have at least two more years in his gas tank to run up and down the court. Therefore, I suggest, Shaq rejoin the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant and retire alongside Phil Jackson while winning one more championship ring.

Now, that would be awesome. If this never happens, it still has been fun, big guy. You revolutionized the game. You truly are the last and possible the greatest center ever to play the game.

And even though, you didn’t win a NBA championship this year, we know who the real Superman is……Shaquille O’Neal.

Sorry, Dwight Howard.