It's been 2 weeks. A very, very long 2 weeks. Some of us Suns fans have rejoiced, at getting our "big man" in the middle that the Suns have needed so so much. Other Suns fans, are idiots and think this is a stupid move. Getting rid of Marion (who won zero championships, complained in the locker room, and held anger towards Steve Nash for being the star of the team) and bringing in Shaq (a proven champion, someone that has been selected for the All Star Team every single year of his career in the NBA, except this year, due to injury.) Every year, the Suns are eliminated from the Playoffs. And every year, Suns fans say the same thing. "We need a big center." Well we got the big center, and people still aren't happy. As for me, I am very pleased with this. I have been wanting Shawn Marion gone for years, he was a huge part of this seasons flaws, which was the Suns chemistry going to shit. I stated about a month ago, and many Suns fans agreed, that if nothing was changed, if nothing was done, this was going to be just another typical year of an elimination from the Playoffs for the Suns. But we got a BIG change, the biggest change we could ever hope for.
When asked about the decision to start Shaq at Center, Suns coach Mike D'Antoni said "There's no easing into it, He's just going to dive into the pool."
O'Neal's expectations "Go out and have fun and get used to the guys and just win. I'm not looking to put up historical numbers. Whatever the guys ask, that's what I'm going to do."
All the guessing, all the talking, all the defending of Shaq, will come to a head tomorrow night. Sadly, tickets are a bit pricey for Shaqs big debut, so I will be tuning into HD tomorrow night for the big debut on ESPN at 6:00pm PST instead of being there in person, unless I magically snag a pair of tickets.