I come to you tonight as SoD’s first international writer. With times being tough in the blogosphere we’ve decided to expand our little Mom and Pop operation on a global basis – either that or I’m here on business for my real job…I’ll let you decide. A lot has apparently changed since I last set foot on American soil – first of all the United States is now apparently a soccer power (bring back the title boys – an apathetic public awaits you). Oh, and the Suns traded Shaquille O’Neal for cap space.
Frankly there are two schools of thought here:
(1) Good to get rid of Shaq’s $21 million dollars a season because all he did was slow down the offense anyway.
(2) They went from 1st place in the Western Conference on the day they traded Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks for Shaq and when they dealt him 14 months later they were preparing to pick in the lottery.
I find myself more in the category (1) school. I’ve long accepted (and cried myself right out of) the fact that the Suns used to be good before they dealt for Shaq – now they’re admitting it was a massive failure and they are dumping him for what could be $10 million in cap room if Ben Wallace pulls through on his retirement threat – and if he doesn’t maybe the magical Suns physical therapy staff can make him the 3-time Defensive Player of the Year again. What I will say though is that (2) really really sucks. Great job Steve Kerr.
As Paola Boivin points out…hey Shawn Marion is an unrestricted free agent – anyone for getting the band back together? Since we’re in the mood for admitting mistakes we might as well go 100% on the deal. How awesomely humbling would it be to see Marion accepting much much less to come back to Phoenix? Yes, I realize it won’t happen.
Enjoy winters in Cleveland Diesel – it’s not quite Orlando, Los Angeles, Miami or Phoenix.