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Why Shaq in Denver makes sense

Posted on: August 2, 2010 7:45 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

Though Shaquille O'Neal has been rumored to be headed to around 25 teams, the big guy hasn't found a home for next season yet. A few places make sense, others don't but whatever the case, between money and potential playing time, Shaq can't find a team.

David Aldridge of NBA.com has a suggestion:
For the Nuggets to have any chance at competing in the West, they'll need someone who can put a body on Pau Gasol, Tim Duncan, Yao Ming and others. Boston won't have Kendrick Perkins back for several months, and maybe Jermaine O'Neal can step in and give the Celtics all they need. But one more big body wouldn't hurt. Shaq would likely be a better fit with a veteran team that wouldn't put up with any nonsense. And, now, isn't Cleveland in need of someone who can put the ball in the basket? Just saying.
Let's see: Shaq wants to play for a contender. Check. Shaq wants minutes and Denver could use him. Check. Shaq wants more than the minimum. Well, not a check but at this point, but he'll likely have to come around. So check-ish.

But Aldridge is right. The Nuggets have no true size inside. Chris Andersen isn't a true center and Nene is more of a power forward. Kenyon Martin is injury-prone, Al Harrington isn't a real power forward and other than that, nobody else is a true interior player. Shaq makes sense, but of course, only for the right price.

The Nuggets prefer to run the floor and obviously Shaq doesn't fit in there so well, but as Aldridge points out, size is size. A big guy like Shaq isn't The Piece for Denver, but it's definitely the best remaining pickup the Nuggets could grab to bolster their front line.

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Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2010 12:01 pm
 

Why Shaq in Denver makes sense

I disagree. I think that shaq would look better in miami. That sait... The nuggets could use dj mbenga. Yes the former backup for the lakers. he has size can run the floor and has under rated athletic ability. He is unpolished but he rebounds well can block shots and can just be big in necessary situations. His presence will make chris andersen and nene better and he plays a very agressive brand of ball that the nuggets can appreciate. Oh yeah... He can be had on the cheap.



Since: Jul 23, 2010
Posted on: August 3, 2010 9:27 am
 

Why Shaq in Denver makes sense

Didn't Shaq once say (through the side of his mouth), "I'm not gonna be jumping around when I'm 35" among all the other dumbassed things he's said?  I think Shaq-Fu needs to permanently park the Diesel.  No more "ring for the king".  How many dunks did he miss in his limited action in the playoffs?  Embarassing.




Since: Jul 29, 2010
Posted on: August 3, 2010 4:17 am
 

Why Shaq in Denver makes sense

Shaq better get double his free yearly supply of 'Icy-Hot' pads for his altitude knees!


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