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Your Morning Dump… Shaq takes his grudges to TV

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During NBA TV's show Tuesday to announce the league's schedule for the 2011-12 season – one jeopardized by a lockout – O'Neal referred to the Heat as having a "Big 2." Since Bosh, Wade and James teamed up in Miami, they've been called the "Big 3" in many circles. "The Miami Heat, they've got a lot of great players, the `Big 2.' They will be back," O'Neal said from Louisiana during the broadcast, when discussing the NBA finals and how Dallas was able to beat Miami for the title. "LeBron James is taking a lot of criticism, but I know LeBron very well. He hears everything that everyone is saying, so I think he's going to come back and have an MVP year this year."

After the discussion turned to O'Neal's health and his decision to retire, the talk was steered back to his "Big 2" comment.

O'Neal laughed off the notion that a controversy was already getting started.

"Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, you know, they're great players, they're probably the greatest backcourt ever assembled," O'Neal said. "And you know, they're going to get back. They're going to get back. They play well, they went through a lot, they put a lot of pressure on themselves. That's how they like it. And they will be back."


This is exactly why TNT and NBA TV hired Shaq. He's not the most articulate guy and he won't dazzle us with analysis of defending the high pick-and-roll, but he will take shots at players.

Shaq has a history of blasting Chris Bosh. He called Bosh the "Rupaul of big men" two years ago. And after signing with the Celtics, he said the Heat "have a great 1-2."

I'm not a fan of Bosh, but if any Heat player deserves a slight following the NBA Finals, it's Lebron James. Shaq wouldn't go there, because he and James are buddies.

If Shaq is going to sling arrows, he can't play favorites.

The rest of the links:

ESPN Boston – Rapid Reaction: Cs 2012 schedule | Good in Green: Al Thornton | Herald – No lockout on NBA schedule | Globe – Celtics to open vs Cleveland | Labor: Two sides to meet Friday |

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  • I’m not sure you’re right on this. Despite how the Finals went (and it’s not like James had a bad series, and he certainly had a better postseason than Bosh), it remains silly that Chris Bosh is put in the same conversation with Wade and James. Wade and James are probably going to be in some “best all time” conversations. Chris Bosh has barely been in the “best in his position right now” conversation.
    This big 3 is not like the Celtics Big 3, which got three arguably comparable players who can all do different things. The new big 2+1 is two incredibly similar players who are genuinely incredible and a guy who, when compared to a VERY OLD KG can barely hold his own.

  • You are right – Bosh is not the same class of player as LBJ or Wade.
    But if you examine their play in the Finals, I think most people would agree Bosh played well and Lebron, while his numbers were decent, did not deliver like an elite, once-in-a-generation superstar.

  • Actually the phrase for Miami’s Big 3 is ‘2 1/2 men’, and you get the feeling Bosh likes it that way since it’s clear he’ll never be the max type superstar that can carry a team or make the players around him better.
    It’s sort of accidental luck on his part because if Miami does not win a title in the next two seasons the brunt of criticism will likely fall on the shoulders of LBJ … and eventually coach Spo. If that happens Bosh would surely be dealt, but what GM would take on that contract given the lackadaisical work ethic and an incurable knack of disappearing when the going gets tough?