Tonight at 9:00 Eastern on ESPN, Shaquille O'Neal makes his debut for the Suns (37-16), who in case you just woke up from a coma (or don't care) got traded from Miami a few weeks back. And the Suns' opponent tonight is none other than Shaq's team-turned-enemy Lakers, presently one game back of the Suns in the Pacific Division.
Lakers coach Phil Jackson, who coached Shaq to titles from 2000-02, is among the skeptics [of the benefits to the Suns], saying Shaq's responsibilities will involve "taking the ball out of bounds and waiting for the other team to get back."
Awesome. And oh yeah, the Lakers have been energized since trading a bag of recyclables and some chattel for Pau Gasol when the Eastern Conference got rid of all its good players. AND the Suns' next two games after this are against respective division leaders Boston and Detroit. Wait, I… I think I'm actually interested in the NBA.
By the way, no one has yet to mention the single greatest thing about the Shaq trade: for the first time since his LA days, he'll be in a purple uniform, thus reminding me of Grimace every time I see him.