+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Shaq To Miami

  1. #1
    That's all folks! Unklescott's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Dublin, OH
    Posts
    26,558

    Shaq To Miami

    Shaq Officially Headed to Heat in Blockbuster Trade
    Lakers Send Star to Miami for Odom, Grant, C. Butler and First-Round Pick

    MIAMI (July 14) -- The Big Diesel has gone coast to coast.
    The Lakers and Heat finalized a trade Wednesday sending Shaquille O'Neal to Miami, with Los Angeles getting Caron Butler, Lamar Odom, Brian Grant and a first-round draft pick in return.

    The deal, ending O'Neal's eight-year tenure in Los Angeles, had been on the verge of completion since Saturday, when he met in Orlando with Heat president Pat Riley and agreed to the trade. NBA attorneys approved it hours after the league's two-week moratorium on player movement ended.

    "Today the Miami Heat took a giant step forward in our continued pursuit of an NBA championship," Riley said in a statement. "We feel that we have traded for the best player in the NBA."

    The 7-foot-1, 340-pound O'Neal transforms into a title threat a franchise that has reached the conference finals only once in its 16-year history. The Heat have won one playoff series in the past four years and went 42-40 last season.

    "I never imagined that we would acquire Shaquille O'Neal," guard Eddie Jones said. "It's once-in-a-lifetime trying to get a player like this guy. It's an unbelievable, unbelievable move."

    At 32, O'Neal is coming off a season when he averaged a career-low 21.5 points, and he has missed 15 games each of the past three seasons with foot and leg injuries. But he's an 11-time All-Star with career averages of 27.1 points, 12.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks, and he's moving to the Eastern Conference, where there's a dearth of dominating centers.

    "I've always said that wherever he is, that's where the balance of power is," Indiana Pacers CEO Donnie Walsh said.

    The trade marks a return to Florida for O'Neal, who began his NBA career in 1992 with Orlando and still has a home there. He led the Magic to the finals in 1995, signed with the Lakers as a free agent in 1996 and helped them win three NBA titles.

    Days after the Lakers lost this year's championship series to Detroit, O'Neal demanded to be traded, weary of feuding with Kobe Bryant and feeling disrespected by owner Jerry Buss. He's under contract for $27.7 million this coming season and $30.6 million in 2005-06.

    The Lakers' most significant acquisition is the versatile Odom, coming off the best season in his five-year NBA career. He and Butler were considered cornerstones in the Heat's recent rebuilding effort, while Grant is a 10-year veteran.

    Riley he said he was saddened to part with all three players.

    "It disheartens me to see them leave," Riley said. "However, you don't get many chances to acquire the best player in the league, and this was a trade I felt we had to make."

    With the departure of three starters, Riley will build his team around O'Neal, Olympian Dwyane Wade and Jones, Miami's leading scorer each of the last four seasons. The Heat will now shop for help at both forward positions and backup point guard, and free agents will likely consider Miami a more appealing option with the addition of O'Neal.

    "Everybody wants to be here now," said Jones, who played with O'Neal in Los Angeles from 1996 to 1998.

    Each player involved in the trade must pass a physical before joining his new team. O'Neal's first appearance in South Florida is expected to be Tuesday, the Heat said.

    He instantly becomes Miami's highest-profile athlete, and Heat ticket sales have been brisk this week. O'Neal is moving from one city enthralled by celebrities to another, but there are a lot more of them in Los Angeles than in Miami, and O'Neal is likely to become the biggest thing on South Beach.

    "There's a lot of excitement going around in the city," Heat guard Rasual Butler said. "They call Shaquille O'Neal 'Big Daddy' for a reason -- because everything he does is big. And it's big news that he's coming here."


    07/14/04 16:52 EDT

    http://aolsvc.news.aol.com/sports/ar...14153409990005

  2. #2
    Im just not that into you AmandaFabulous's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Planet Me
    Age
    35
    Posts
    2,046
    The entire city of Los Angeles is gonna go nuts if Kobe signs with the Clippers today.
    Look, I love me most...If I could run across the beach into my own arms, I would.

  3. #3
    Best game ever... ping007's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    639
    Quote Originally Posted by AmandaFabulous
    The entire city of Los Angeles is gonna go nuts if Kobe signs with the Clippers today.


    I would absolutely love it!! That would make Kupchak more of an idiot than Jim Paxston letting Boozer go to Utah.

    GO SPURS!!

  4. #4
    Im just not that into you AmandaFabulous's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Planet Me
    Age
    35
    Posts
    2,046
    It would be pretty funny....I like the lakers, I even went to a game at staples center once..but MOST laker fans (in l.a. anyway) are sooooo obnoxious about them.

    And it's always good to have a laugh at obnoxious people.
    Look, I love me most...If I could run across the beach into my own arms, I would.

  5. #5
    Im just not that into you AmandaFabulous's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Planet Me
    Age
    35
    Posts
    2,046
    Damn. Kobe picked the lakers.

    http://msn.foxsports.com/story/2577904
    Look, I love me most...If I could run across the beach into my own arms, I would.

  6. #6
    Cy Young 2010 Mariner's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Location
    Waiting for Spring
    Posts
    16,924
    Quote Originally Posted by AmandaFabulous
    Damn. Kobe picked the lakers.

    http://msn.foxsports.com/story/2577904
    That is he picked the Lakers if he's not enjoying a Colorado correctional facility's hospitality. I still don't understand how you let a guy who may be going to jail for years call the shots for your team.

+ Reply to Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0 ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.