"No earthly thing can bother me because I'm at peace with myself," said (Shaquille) O'Neal, who spoke at LSU's Student-Athlete Expectation Seminar. "I have no hard feelings (toward the Lakers). It's a business.
There'll be a lot less of Shaq to haul around on his 7-foot-1 frame this season. He weighs 331 pounds, down from the 355 he weighed when he met with Heat president Pat Riley less than two months ago, which probably is close to what he carried the last few seasons. He's still a little short of his target of 325, but if 331 pounds can look svelte, it does on Shaq.
Isn't that exactly what people thought would happen? Shaq would be pissed at what happened in LA, he'd be motivated, get in shape, and destroy everybody this year? Looks like he's on the right track. I've never really cared for the guy, but I think what the Lakers did was stupid. I hope he sticks it to them in a big way.
I like your writeups. I think Atlanta will be the sleeper team in the East, Cleveland and Miami will disappoint. In the West, I agree with Golden State being potentially a sleeper, and Dallas/LA Clippers (yep) disappointing.