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What’s up sports fans. Well it happened. I’m sure by now your like me trying to piece together the last 48 hours of the NBA trade deadline, like a bad night of alcohol binging.  You know that feeling of a massive headache, not sure where anything is, and the worst is trying to piece together why you threw you pants in the shower. The good thing is those days are long gone for me. Some thirty years ago in college. I gotta be careful here. I might be revealing my age. The bad thing is we aren’t  in college we are in the present day of the last 48 hours of  the trades,  they’re for real and no one was drunk. Although some people might be thinking Joe Lacob, and Peter Guber were when they made a trade that Warriors fans and NBA aficionados might be scratching there heads about.

After 7 Seasons The Best 2 Guard In The NBA Is No Longer A Golden State Warrior.

I’m sure your well aware that in the last 48 hours the Golden State Warriors traded long time 2 guard, and scoring machine Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks. They also sent a developing and budding defensive standout Ekpe U’doh and 7 foot center Kwame Brown to Milwaukee. In return Golden State got Andrew Bogut and , god I can’t believe I’m about to write this, STEPHEN JACKSON!! Yes, our old Capt. Jack was expected to return to the Warriors. But hold on, wait a minute, the Warriors attempt to make up for this trade, by trading Capt. Jack to San Antonio for Richard Jefferson , T.J. Ford and the Spurs 2012 first round pick. Now I gotta be honest with you in the beginning of this trade I was extremely upset. Because I’m a Monta Ellis fan, and I just couldn’t see the W’s trading him before Andris Biedrins. What is also notable is as much as everyone is warming up to Steph Curry, and I agree, cause I like Curry too.

Ekpe Udoh

Ekpe We Will Miss You

But if I had to pick someone to get traded it probably would have been Steph. Simply because he’s not in my opinion as durable a player as the Warriors need right now. I just thought that Curry needs more conditioning. Well let’s face it, the whole team needs that. But to me if one of them has to go, it would’ve been Curry, with Andris. I also thought Andris would’ve be gone before Ellis would. And how do you just let a rising defensive player like Ekpe go? Okay so, we trade Kwame, which I can see that. He’s injured. But we trade an injured center to get an injured center? If this trade would’ve stayed the way it originally was portrayed I would be still upset. Getting Capt. Jack now is like trying to re-sign Chris Mullin. Don’t get me wrong Chris is a great player, and is in the Hall of Fame, but were not trying to get him to play now. His career is over.

Andrew Bogut Is Now A Golden State Warrior

Kwame-Brown Is Now A Milwaukee Buck

So is Stephen Jackson’s. If he try’s to comeback at the end of this season, who would sign him? I’m not trying to bad mouth Stephen Jackson either, it’s just that it is what it is. You play in the NBA for a time and then you move on to something else. Unless Capt. Jack can prove me wrong, I think after this season I wouldn’t be surprised if he did retire.

Lacob & Guber didn’t get run through the “You screwed the trade up.” ringer long enough before they cleaned it up by getting Jefferson and T.J. Ford. Richard Jefferson is a nice acquisition. Andrew Bogut on the other hand is still a work in progress. Larry Riley was on Comcast Sportsnet last night during the Warriors loss to the Celtics, and stated to Jim Barnett and Bob Fitzgerald that the Warriors doctors believe that Andrew Bogut injury to his leg will heal and he can be ready by next season. This is the problem I have with that prognosis. Doctors make mistakes all the time, and no one can know Bogut’s future, at the end of the day Lacob & Guber are gambling with the fans season with this trade. If it works this post I’m writing will probably get burnt off the internet. But if I’m right you who have read it will be remembering this post. I hope I’m wrong.

Richard Jefferson Is A Golden State Warrior

But they did get Jefferson, and on the business side of the NBA by trading Ellis, U’doh and Brown they’re looking for to the  future results of this trade. The problem I have is that when you look at the franchise track record for trades, it is down right brutal. If your a Warrior fan like me, then you know the saying. If we could bring back every player we’ve traded in the last five years we’d have the NBA championship for the next ten years. Bogut is 7’0 foot at 260lbs. He averaged with Milwaukee 11 points, 8 rebounds with two block shots per game. If he’s healthy he could add what the Warriors want, more beef in the paint. Richard Jefferson is 6’7 at 225lbs. He averaged 9 pts. and about 3.5 rebounds per game. But I think with him it’s playing time. I’ve seen Richard Jefferson light it up when he get hot. Well it doesn’t matter now.

What’s done is done. Warriors executives only want to dwell on the positives of this trade, and this season was short so the trade won’t really matter until next year anyway.  We will see Monta’s reaction on the court tomorrow night when the Milwaukee Bucks take on his former Golden State Warriors. What’s your take on the trade. Tell me what you think. Remember folks, it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM Bay Area Sports Magnified!


What’s up sports fans? I bet you’ve been wondering why I haven’t put anything in my blog about Golden State’s 2012 season. Your probably wondering why I haven’t put a lot of time in covering at least the first game of the season. I’ll tell you why. Maybe it’s because I feel like this season, even though it is short, is just like every season that preceded it. If by some great miracle that the Warriors get into the playoffs, they most likely will be ousted in the first round. I say by some great miracle because this is a shortened season, So that means their chances are greatly reduced. Now most of you out there who are reading this for the first time might be thinking, that I’m not a Warriors fan. On the contrary.

 

 

I’m an enormous fan! I met Charles Johnson or (C.J) when I was nine years old. He used to live right around the corner from me. I still see his sister Michelle everyday on my way to work. No I don’t dislike the Warriors, I love them. But I’m also a realist when it comes to competitive sports, especially the NBA. I’ve been watching it too long to know otherwise. The Warriors owners in the beginning of the 2011-2012 season, as short as it is, wanted us to feel the way we Warriors fans felt back in 2007. We wanted to BELIEVE! But unfortunately the season is turning to be just like most of the seasons we’ve had in the past. Some people will start coming up with just about every solution they think will solve the Warriors winning woes, and put them on the right track.

When it’s obvious that the only way Joe Lacob and Peter Guber are going to get a winning season out of this franchise is to do like all the other winning franchise owners do, spend a boat load of money and get more competitive players. When they do decide to do that, go after the players that know how to win games. Go after Dwight Howard, and when I say go after Dwight Howard go and get him!! Don’t come at him with some rinky dink deal, out bid all the other teams and go get him! Go after Joakim Noah. Go after Rajon Rondo. Go after the players that will win you games. Go after Kobe Bryant if you can. Go after Tim Duncan, Chris Paul, Manu Ginobli, Joe Johnson or Tony Parker. If you need go after Lebron James or even Dwayne Wade.

Whatever player you think will help you win games go after him, and get it done!! Because if you owners think you can stand in front of the crowd of fans, guarantee playoffs by setting up a contract with the fans simply because it brings good PR, and think that’s going to change psychological profile of this franchise, which is to loose, your living in new ownership nieve land. Hey the clippers went after Chris Paul and Chauncey Billips, pair them up with Blake Griffin and where are they now? A top the Pacific Division, sitting at No. 1. Are you listening Mr. Lacob, and Mr. Guber? So far the shortened season and the sea-saw win, loose schedule has shown the same bad formula for Golden State, no consistency for winning games.

It’s sad. I know that when the new owners took the helm, they had good intentions. But really if they mean what they say they will re-evaluate their strategy and put together a plan of action that will get better results. Because right now we’re looking at the same old thing. Opposing teams will come in to Oracle Arena and they’ll be thinking not if they’ll win, but how they’ll win. What do you think? Am I talking loud and saying nothing? Or am I speaking the truth? What’s take on my rant? Send me a e-mail tell me what you think? Remember folk it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM Bay Area Sports Magnified!


 

 

What’s up sports fans? This is our first take at a really special part of Allbayareasports.com. This is our “Throwback Legends (Segment), and we are very honored and pleased that we started with Bay Area native Rich Kelley. Rich started playing at Woodside High in Redwood City California he eventually went played at Stanford which is a enormous accomplishment in its own right, and he played so well there he eventually was called up to play on the professional level. We are ecstatic that he allowed us to do this interview. So sit back and take a look. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!


Allan Guei Signs with Cal State Northride

Allan Guei Signs with Cal State Northridge

What’s up sports fans? It’s funny how standards can be set and we follow them. I myself fell prey to life’s whirlpool affect. When it was time to pay my taxes I payed them, unfortunately like the standard of procrastination in this country, I payed them late. Since then I’ve been working hard not to let that happen again. A standard I don’t want to make a common practice. In the NBA the standard is to dominate your opponent. It is the same with NFL, NHL and let’s face it in all competitive sports. What is interesting is that when you look up the word (Sportsmanship) Webster’s Dictionary defines it as; “:conduct (as fairness, respect for one opponent, and graciousness in winning or losing, becoming to one participating in a sport.” The Merriam-Webster’s Lerner’s Dictionary defined it as; ” fair play, respect for opponents, and polite behavior by someone who is competing in a sport or other competition.”

It’s also interesting that by reading the dictionary you’d wonder if any of our competitive sports divas have kept these definitions in mind. Sometimes when these competitions get heated and a championship is on the line fair play respect for one’s opponent is is not what’s being practiced. Probably because the players have forgotten their humble beginnings as players, where it began on the playground. Back then basketballs would probably get shot over two thousand times and no one kept count. Because back in that time the Kobe Bryants, Derek Jeters, and Bret Farves of the game were only playing for fun. It was a more  simplistic time. But every now and then life can remind us who we really are and what we need to do to get back there. Usually this is done by an example.

The example came in a competition where Compton High School basketball player Allan Guei won a free throw contest. The prize, $40,000 to the winner. You’d think a young man like Allan who grew up in Compton could’ve found 40,000 ways to spend that money. Instead he only chose one, and it was the most vauluable way to spend it. See Allan didn’t get caught up in the idea that he could have the fancy clothes, new car or anything else he considered to buy. Instead he donated it to 7 of his classmates to help them get to college. Now don’t get me wrong we all know that shooting basketball is a valuable talent in this country and for Allan it didn’t go unnoticed. Mr. Guei will be going to college also. Cal State Northridge saw how well he shot free throws, and they decided to give him a basketball scholarship. Allan already had the scholarship. “They were all smart and wanted to pursue their dreams, but were having financial difficulties,” Guei told The Los Angeles Times. “I felt it was the right move to help the others.”

The $40,000 would have been extra spending money. Instead Allan Guei showed true wisdom, by conducting himself with fairness and showing a act of kindness. “I’m in shock,” said Omar Guzman, 17, who is headed to San Diego State University. “I’m really grateful there are people like that out there. It was generous.” It is something that the sports world should recognize because truly it’s what the game needs. To remember in the end, it’s just a game, and what you take from that game can be of great consequence or of great value. From that game you can make and have great relationships or you and make enemies. Allan Guei chose to get what was the greatest value and that value was wisdom. I hope other players of their perspective sports remember that their achievements will be forgotten, people will always remember acts of fairness, graciousness, and kindness the marks of true sportsmans like Allan Guei. But Tell me what you think. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!


NBA Commissioner David Stern during NBA Lockout press conference.

NBA Commissioner David Stern during NBA Lockout press conference

What’s up sports fans? I’m sure you’re probably as frustrated as I am about commercial sports franchises not continuing with their regular operations as the 2011-2012 season presses on. We’ve already had to deal with the possibility of the NFL not having a full season because Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith have been assisting the negotiations of the contract talks between the NFL Players Union and NFL Owners. This whole lockout thing in my opinion has been blown way out of proportion. I mean I can understand the NFL players obviously are fighting to keep something that the NFL owners don’t want to give.

What also is significant is that because we’re the fans and don’t know all the information it’s easy for us to yell fowl and say, “Cut it out! We want to see some contact sports, now get out there and play ball!” We’re saying this because we appreciate being able to watch games, and now we can’t watch thanks to the lockout. As a matter of fact the lockout storm as I’m calling it has gotten so out of control that they even have developed a website called NFL Lockout.com. Come on guys developing a website for a labor dispute in football? And you should see some of the heavy arduous work the developers of that website are producing, just read below:

NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made the following statements after today’s meeting:

Smith: “Someone asked me whether I was optimistic. I think we’re both optimistic when we have the right people in the room. We know we’re talking about the right issues and that we’re working hard to get it done. It is extremely complicated, it requires a lot of hard work by a lot of people, but we’re committed to getting something done and we’re going to keep working at it. Just to wrap up: we’re working hard, we understand the fans’ frustration, I know our players’ frustration. We’re going to keep working hard and try to make sure we get a deal done.”

Goodell: “You obviously know we met over the last couple of days. We are under court order as far as what we can discuss so our comments will be brief. But obviously we’re all working hard. The players and owners were here over the last two days. De and I were here for the entire meetings also. And it’s complicated and it’s complex, but we’re working hard and we understand the fans’ frustration. But I think both of us feel strongly that we’re going to continue to work hard at it.”

Wow, you’d think we the public were waiting the out come of something serious. I mean there are labor disputes for the teachers union, nurses threatening to work off the job, and then there’s the stink that nobody wants to hear or experience, that’s when waste management tells you “Were not picking up your garbage next week were on strike.” These are services we have to have or the quality of life suffers greatly.  Since the players have time off some of them have involved themselves in other pursuits. For instance Steve Breaston a five year player in the NFL put together a video to tell the fans how he felt about the lockout.  It’s called, “A League Deferred.” you can check it out below. The NFL isn’t something we have to have in order to keep our quality of life, but it is something that enhances our lives, gives us good entertainment and we the buying public appreciate it. That’s why we pay the high ticket prices, wear our favorite teams logo, and collect memorabilia.

The NFL Lockout is here for one reason, the two sides can’t agree on one thing, the money. Let’s face it for the last four years it has been the topic of discussion in this country, the economy. Some say the NFL could be starting a lockout tsunami that all franchises might follow.  Something that most sports enthusiasts don’t want to experience. But recently the NBA’s Lockout is proving that the lockout tsunami’s wave is gaining momentum. To be locked out of something you have to have the keys. We the fans never had em. That’s why leagues like the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, NASCAR and so on can lock you and me out.

It’s funny though David Stern the commissioner, deputy commissioner Adam Silver, San Antonio Spurs owner Peter Holt, and New York Knicks owner James Dolan of the NBA owners is contending with NBA Players Association head Billy Hunter, NBA players rep. Derek Fisher, and two other reps of the NBA on Thursday to discuss an agreement to a contract. Really you should ask David Stern, why are you arguing over a few nickels? I say a few nickels but Both sides know already that it is considerably more. Really it is funny because both sides know that the NBA shouldn’t be in a lockout. The league is doing well with revenues. It will continue to do well because of a strong fan base.

David Stern knows it too. He’s, and I hate to say it as much as I admire Mr. Stern, but he’s being greedy. C’mon Dave, the league wants the ability to cause the players to take a pay cut, the same way the NHL did to its players back in the 2004-2005 season. Owners want more profits.  While that’s going on we the fans don’t have the keys to these leagues. We pay but the unions and owners decide how much. That’s why I sit in the nosebleed section at Warriors games, but I can’t decide who wins in a players/ owner dispute. Fans need to remember while all this back and forth over lockouts, contracts, and the season is going on, they should send a more than loud message to people like Roger Goodell, David Stern, NFL and NBA Players Unions.

It’s the fans that allow these individuals to even get the opportunity to argue over these revenues. Organizations listen to your message when it is done in numbers. This is why we the fan base don’t have the keys to the league. If we made our voice heard by e-mail submission or some other civil means, and i want to re-emphasize civil, to these leagues and organizations of a boycott of some kind, then and only then the next time these organizations think about a lockout they’ll remember who really has the keys to hold a lockout. They’ll remember the key holder is you and me, where the respect of commercial sports really belongs the fans. What do you think? Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!


What’s up sports fans? Well I’ve been proven wrong before when it comes to picking the winner of different match ups. I thought the San Jose Sharks were going to win the Stanley Cup. I was wrong. I thought the Miami Heatwould beat the Dallas Mavericks in seven games. Thanks to Miami’s performance last night, they have made me wrong again. Once again it was the same situation that had happened in the last two contests between these two conference champions. Miami couldn’t gain any ground on the Mavericks during the fourth quarter. It was really hard to watch. In the beginning of this series, you had arguments from both teams why either one of them  should win the finals. When you were done arguing you would figure, that after watching everything that has  transpired over the last three seasons in the NBA, with Lebron having being raised to Jordan like status in Cleveland, the fact that Dwayne Wade already had a title in Miami, and Chris Bosh had done all he could do in Toranto.

Beatin The Miami Heat In The 4th Quarter Is So Easy, Even A Caveman Could Do It.

Beating The Miami Heat In The 4th Quarter Is So Easy, Even A Caveman Could Do It.

And Bosh was ready to move to a franchise and capture his first title, which was suppose to happen in Miami once the other  premier players were signed. The fact that the league had clearly showed that when you put together three premier players in a franchise that was a contender it could produce results. We saw it in Boston when Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, matched up with Paul Pierce and the Celtics, we saw it in Los Angeles when Pau Gasol , Kobe Bryant, and Lamar Odom with the Lakers, and it was supposed to happen in Miami. When “The Big Three” were set up in Miami, and the fact that the Heat themselves showcased the entire event,  it looked like the new fall fashion of the super models runway in Milan. Not to mention that Lebron James and Espn put together a special which featured his decision as to where he would play once he left Cleveland. All eyes were on Miami to not only perform well in the playoffs, but to exceed that and win an NBA title. Why was so much placed on Miami to succeed so soon? Because Miami placed so much on themselves.

They didn’t have to do that runway presentation like they did. They could’ve just signed Lebron and Bosh and quietly do whatever it was they needed to do, without pomp and over hype that they flaunted in the beginning of the season. None of that matters now. Dallas is the 2011 NBA Champion, and for good reason. Dallas did what NBA teams should do. They quietly came in the playoffs excepting scrutiny from the leagues fan base and it’s afficionado’s and responded by not taking offense, but instead playing their game, and they received the ultimate pay off, a NBA title. Dallas exposed Miami’s weaknesses. And the Heat’s weakness was their inability to produce big numbers in the fourth quarter. The Heat weren’t taking the ball to the hole, instead they kept passing the ball until there were shot clock violations or until they would loose control of the basketball. The Heat committed 17 turnovers, and anyone who’s familiar with the game knows, you can’t loose the ball that many times and expect to win the game.

The Heat kept shooting jump shots in the last six and half minutes of the game. If I’m Erik Spoelstra, at about five minutes left in the game, I’d probably tell my guys, “Look! Stop passing the ball so much! Stop shooting so many jump shots, and take the ball to hole, and draw fouls!!! Instead he allowed Miami to continue until they were running out of time. Really the league shouldn’t just have an MVP award, they should have and official “Heart Of A Champion Award.” If they did in this years playoffs and in this years finals,  it should go to J.J. Barea. Barea played like a true champion the entire playoffs. When he was flagrantly fouled by the Lakers he handled it like a true sportsman. He continued to use his speed and agility to out maneuver his opponents. Deshawn Stevenson and  Mario Chalmers played well throughout the playoffs, but showed terrible class in game six. Stevenson started the fracas when he shoved Udonis Haslem and Mario Chalmers came to Haslems aid. In any case it was in bad taste for the league and I’m sure some fines will be issued.

 

 

Eating Crow! They Have All Summer To Think About What Went Wrong.

Eating Crow! They Have All Summer To Think About What Went Wrong.

 

I just can’t figure out why Lebron James, or Dwayne Wade didn’t do what’s been their success all season,  drive the lane more in the last seven minutes of the game. When they were doing all that passing the Mavericks continued to shoot. Jason Terry finished with 27pts and Dirk Nowitski finshed with 21pts.  “We worked so hard and so long for it,” Nowitzki said. “The team has had an unbelievable ride.” For Dirk Nowitski, Jason Terry and Jason Kidd the wait is over. They have been on both sides of the table. They now know what it is to loose and to win. They also finally know what it is like to work so hard for something and finally taste success. “It goes without saying,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “You’re never really prepared for a moment like this. … Neither team deserved this championship more than the other, but Dallas earned it.”  The Mavericks did earn it. Unlike Miami who had this idea that “If we sign superstar players we’ll win the NBA title.”

That didn’t happen. Right now, Miami’s “Big Three” are having a hot bowl of crow, and I’m having some too, because I got caught up in the “Big Three.” hype like all the other Miami fans. “It was a failure in ’07 when we lost to the Spurs when I was in Cleveland,” James said. “It’s a failure now.” This also sends a message to other franchises in retrospect to my question in my other post that I did a week ago when I asked if sport franchises were buying championships. To Lebron James, Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade and to the Miami front office, I hope your listening. Championships can’t be bought. You want to win a championship you better play with all the blood, sweat, tears, and heart. Because after you loose the hot bowl of crow you have to eat still taste terrible to digest, all summer long. Think Miami can get back in contention for the NBA title or do you think that time has come and went? Tell me what you think. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM


Shaquille O'neal pictured with his wife Shaunie O'neal

Shaquille O'neal pictured with his wife Shaunie O'neal

What’s up sports fans? It has been proven that time waits for no man. And as much as Shaquille O’neal would like time to wait for him so he can play for another two more years, it won’t. On June 3, 2011 Shaquille O’neal announced his retirement after 19 years of playing basketball in the games highest arena the NBA. He’s been the object of the league for 19 years and it’s interesting to note that in a game that’s captured our attention because of it’s version of different David’s of the sport, Shaquille was definitely it’s Goliath. And as much as most people who know the event of David vs. Goliath let’s face it, Goliath was never really liked, but we liked the NBA’s version of Goliath and he is Shaquille O’neal.

Better known by many aliases most remembered as “The Big Aristotle.” and the NBA’s original “Superman” he was dubbed by most of his fans and the media as just simply Shaq! Shaquille began his stellar and larger than life career at LSU University. Standing at 7ft.1 and weighing in at 325lbs. Shaquille was literally a big man among boys in college. That didn’t change much in the NBA. He started  in Orlando after being drafted by the Magic in 1992. Playing for the new upstart franchise gave him notoriety. Back then Shaquille was being led by head coach Brian Hill and Orlando had a very competitive team. The Big Aristotle had a very good supporting cast. With such names like Dennis Scott, Anfernee Hardaway, Nick Anderson, former Chicago Bulls star Horace Grant, and now assistant head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers Brian Shaw. This squad made the Orlando Magic a contender in the playoffs, with Shaquille O’neal being the beginning foundation for the teams success.

In 1992 and 1993 he won Rookie of the year honors, and Orlando’s success paid off in 1995. The Orlando Magic played for it’s first NBA Championship, only to fall to a much more skilled Houston Rockets squad led by Hakeem “The Dream” Olijuwan 4 games to none. After being swept by the Rockets Orlando decided to go back to the drawing board and try to figure out what went wrong. It wasn’t until a few years later that Orlando and Shaq weren’t seeing eye to eye. Shaquille was still a big commodity. In a league where dominating centers are the formula for the next championship franchise, Shaq saw free agency as an opportunity to try the NBA market and it paid off, literally. In 1999 Shaquille signed a multi-mega deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. Playing alongside Kobe Bryant he was able to capture three championship rings, 2000, 2001, and 2002 consecutively.  Even though he was able to win the championships he and Kobe Bryant didn’t see eye to eye.

SHAQ!!!!

SHAQ!!!!

There was always speculation that the two of them feuded over who was the leader of the team. The Lakers organization having two of it’s stars not able to come to a compromise, something had to happen in order for the team to continue it’s success.  Something did happen.  Shaquille O’neal was traded to the Miami Heat in 2004. He played along side new up and coming guard by the name of Dwayne Wade. Just two years later Shaquille and the Miami Heat capture the teams first title and O’neal’s fourth title. Everyone would say that as good as Kobe Bryant was he couldn’t have captured his titles without Shaquille O’neal. That would be an arguable debate in later years. Before his retirement Shaquille was always know for his different aliases even Shaq Diesel. His last he jokingly titled himself as “The Big AARP!” He was also known for his wit and humor and he had several spots on television and even on the big screen. He even at one point admitted that he wanted to be a sheriff.  Shaquille also released four rap albums. His career includes teams, The Orlando Magic, Los Angele Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Boston Celtics before retiring.

His tenure in the NBA includes 15 scoring titles, 3 ALL-STAR game MVP Awards, 14 All NBA team selections, 3 All NBA Defensive team selections, 3 Finals MVP Awards, he is one of three players to win NBA MVP, All-STAR MVP and a Finals MVP awards all in the same year (2000) , along side Willis Reed and Michael Jordan, he ranks fifth all time in points scored, 5th in field goals, 12th in rebounds, and 7th in block shots. I don’t know how many backboards he’s shattered. Really we all know no matter what Shaquille O’neal decides to do next we know he’ll be good at it, mainly because this is a person that has a large love for life and that love for life is as big as his stature, and really let’s face it, who’s really going to get in his way to stop him?  Do you think he’ll be a sheriff, go to Hollywood, or even coach basketball in the NBA? Tell me what you think. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!