Archive for the ‘Shaq’ Category

Cavaliers Big Man Has an Even Bigger Heart

November 26, 2009

Cleveland Cavaliers center Shaquille O’Neal has sat out the last 6 games with a sore shoulder but make no mistake, he is doing anything but sitting. Last week Shaq played Santa Claus, or as he calls it “Shaq-A-Claus”, to the youth of northeast Ohio. He went to the Toys R Us in Mayfield and filled more than a dozen shopping carts with toys from all over the store. All of the toys bought by Shaq will be donated to the Toys for Tots organization. He has been doing this for about 15 years and credits his mother and father for getting him started with the organization.

“About 15 years ago, my mother and father ordered me to go to a Toys ‘R’ Us and buy toys and give them out to kids,” he said. “I got a call from my mother and she said, ‘Boy, get your butt up, go down to the store and buy some gifts for the kids.”

That’s not all Shaq has been up to though. Last week he paid for the funeral of 5 year old Shaniya Davis of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Her body was found on the side of the highway and her mother is charged with human trafficking and child abuse involving prostitution. Mario McNeil is being charged with murder, rape and kidnapping. I think, in addition to the funeral, we lock those 2 sick fucks in a room with the Diesel and let him go to town on them.

I can’t tell you how happy it makes me as a fan to see one of our players step up and help out. When these guys go out of their way to put a smile on a childs face or lift a family that has fallen it restores my faith in humanity. On this Thanksgiving I am thankful there are still people in this world who know right from wrong, good from bad and have a moral compase that always points north. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

The News-Herald
The Fayetteville Observer

Deputy Shaq Diesel?

October 29, 2009

It seems as though Shaquille O’Neal plans on protecting more than just LeBron James during his tenure in Cleveland. As you are reading this,the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy is reviewing Shaq’s application to determine whether or not he is eligible to carry a handgun and a Deputies badge. While Shaq has done this is Florida, Arizona and Virginia he would still, upon approval of his application, need to complete 36 hours of training, pass a test on the shooting range and take the Ohio Police Exam. If he completes all of the necessary requirements, the Big Aristotle will not only be able to carry a gun, but also make arrests. Shaq’s interest is in Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children where he would hunt online child predators. This would be a touch more scary for the predator than, say, Chris Hansen from NBC Dateline’s “To Catch a Predator” catching you. I say congrats to Shaq and good luck on being deputized. On the other hand, I say “look out” to certain guitar case wielding guard that shall go unnamed on Thunder Treats…

Welcome Home Shaq Diesel

June 29, 2009

This is a guest post written by Big Joe from Youngstown, Ohio…

This past Thursday the Cleveland Cavaliers acquired a legendary Big Man, undoubtedly not what he once was, and in the later part of his career. Referred to as The Diesel, The Big Aristotle, Shaq-fu, and the most recognizable of names Shaq, will provide the CAVS with something they lacked in the 2009 NBA Playoffs, a guy who can defend low post players one-on-one.

The 2009 playoffs ended at the hands of the Orlando Magic, whom the CAVS seemed to have trouble defending, and could not fend off to propel them to the NBA Championship. The CAVS struggled defending the low-post, and Dwight Howard. Howard’s size and athleticism, along with his ability to distribute the ball out of the post, when doubled, created problems for the CAVS. The CAVS elected to double him when he would get the ball, and very rarely did he force up shots, but rather would kick the ball out, causing CAVS defenders to have rotate, allowing Orlando to swing the ball around the perimeter and find an open shooter out from their arsenal. This led to the Magic making 62 3’s in the series an average of over 10 a game. When the CAVS decided the double team wasn’t going to work, they elected to defend him one-on-one and he burned them, either by scoring in the low-post or drawing a foul. The Diesel, goes 7’1”, 325 pounds, and will provide the CAVS with the post presence to defend Dwight Howard and other Center’s in the league one-on-one. This addition allows their wing players and guards to not have to help down as much, allowing opposing shooters less open looks, resulting in more contested and forced shots for a defense which was already the top defensive unit, allowing an average of 91.4 points per game, and holding opponents to 43.1% from the field and 33.3% from behind the arc, in 2009 regular season.

Shaq provides the CAVS with a big addition in the middle, the physical presence necessary to allow them to make a run at the NBA Championship in the 2009-2010 season. The Big Fellow also packs a punch offensively, averaging 17.8 points and 8.4 rebounds per game with the Phoenix Suns in the 2008-2009 season. Along with his physical attributes and statistics, Shaquille O’Neal brings a bunch of experience with him to Cleveland, and 4 NBA Championships. In search of his 5th ring, Shaq was brought in to assist Lebron James in providing the city of Cleveland something it has been without since 1954, a professional sports championship.

The move allows the Cavaliers to remain in the same financial condition at years end, allowing them the same flexibility they would have had holding onto the 2 expiring contractors used to acquire Shaq. The risk the CAVS took was low, trading two players, both of which played minor roles in last season’s playoffs, and providing a ceiling if Shaq can stay healthy, for the CAVS to bring home their 1st Championship.