"The difference between those three is the Godfather trilogy," O'Neal said in classic Shaq-speak. "One is Fredo, who was never ready for me to hand it over to him. One is Sonny, who will do whatever it takes to be the man, and one is Michael, who if you watch the trilogy, the Godfather hands it over to Michael. So I have no problem handing it over to Dwyane."
It doesn't take a brain surgeon to realize Shaq was comparing Kobe to the psychotic Sonny, and Penny with the weaker Fredo characters from that movie. There only seems to be one that O'Neal would go to the mattresses with. As for Wade, last night it was his shot that sent the Knicks to sleep with the fishes.
Saw this one from Staples Center, just before working the Clippers game. I groaned at yet another Kobe reference, but the others were all busy crying out for Shaq. He's missed here in L.A. and, at this point, we'd trade him for Kobe in a second.
Again, echoing JJD, I think it has to go to LeBron based on the criteria for the award. The rookie of the year is the rookie who has the best individual season, not the rookie who is most valuable to his team, correct?