I'm loving the numbers I'm getting from the boxscores of the San Antonio Spurs starting from their game against the Indiana Pacers to the Washington Wizards. I'm happy that the Spurs are back in the rhythm despite the absence of Tony Parker and Brent Barry. But what I've been thinking about lately was the O'neal-Marion&Banks trade. I just don't think Shaq will fit into the Suns style of play. “I look forward to making people eat their words,", said O'neal. Well, if he wants people to eat their words, then, why hasn't he proven himself during his stay as a Heat? Critics won't come up with such an idea if he hasn't shown his weaknesses.
Oh well. What I know now is that the Phoenix Suns is really serious in making it to the Finals and win the NBA Championship. For the past seasons, the Suns has become one of the elite teams in the West. But despite all effort esp from Steve Nash, the Suns just couldn't get through the Finals. Mike D'Antoni, I guess, have just realized that being edgy on the offensive end isn't enough. And so, the acquisition of Shaq was made in exchange for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks [don't know him]. If Shaq stays healthy, he could help the Suns become a balanced team both in the offensive and the defensive end. The big question now is, will Shaq be able to bring the Suns to the Finals? The West is just teeming with top caliber teams like the rising New Orleans Hornets*, Utah Jazz, Denver Nuggets, Portland Trailblazers*, Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets, LA Lakers, and Golden State Warriors [have i missed some team?]. "That just shows you how good the West is and how dominant a lot of teams are," Robert Horry said. So, will the Suns be able to get passed those teams come playoffs time? "Even though he was playing at a high level, I sensed he was frustrated," said Steve Kerr, Phoenix Suns General Manager.