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Old 05-09-2013, 01:48 PM   #1
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Default Should Shaq get a statue outside of Staples Center?

Mother ****er won 3 straight titles for the Lakers.
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Old 05-09-2013, 01:49 PM   #2
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Yes.
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Default Re: Should Shaq get a statue outside of Staples Center?

He led that franchise to a 3peat. 3 finals MVP's. Reg season MVP.

Absolutely.
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Old 05-09-2013, 01:56 PM   #4
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Default Re: Should Shaq get a statue outside of Staples Center?

They gotta worry about the Kobe Statue first.
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Old 05-09-2013, 01:57 PM   #5
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No imo.
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Old 05-09-2013, 01:58 PM   #6
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Default Re: Should Shaq get a statue outside of Staples Center?

Seriously tho...3 straight titles. That's a GOAT peak alongside Jordan.

Give that nikka a statue.
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Old 05-09-2013, 02:31 PM   #7
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Default Re: Should Shaq get a statue outside of Staples Center?

Well Shaq had 8 great years with the Lakers and helped bring us 3 straight champions and 4 conference titles but the thing is that he burned every bridge possible on his way out of L.A. to South Beach. He ripped Buss, he ripped Kupchak, the organization, the town, the fans - everything. He continued to take shots blatant and indirectly, at the city and the franchise.

He deserved to have his jersey retired, but I don't see him getting a statue anytime in the near future. You can't point and yell at the owner "pay me mother fucker" and expect to get a statue outside of Staples. Especially during a pre-season game after you show up to training camp overweight and out of shape and tell him "I got hurt on company time, so I'll heal on company time."
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Old 05-09-2013, 02:34 PM   #8
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Default Re: Should Shaq get a statue outside of Staples Center?

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Well Shaq had 8 great years with the Lakers and helped bring us 3 straight champions and 4 conference titles but the thing is that he burned every bridge possible on his way out of L.A. to South Beach. He ripped Buss, he ripped Kupchak, the organization, the town, the fans - everything. He continued to take shots blatant and indirectly, at the city and the franchise.

He deserved to have his jersey retired, but I don't see him getting a statue anytime in the near future. You can't point and yell at the owner "pay me mother fucker" and expect to get a statue outside of Staples. Especially during a pre-season game after you show up to training camp overweight and out of shape and tell him "I got hurt on company time, so I'll heal on company time."

He ripped them because they sided with Kobe.

Kobe pushed Shaq out of LA, and Shaq expected the LA FO to have his back, but the only person who had Shaq's back was Phil Jackson....the LA front office sided with Kobe because Kobe was younger.

Obviously he was pissed, as he just brought the team/city a 3peat.
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Well Shaq had 8 great years with the Lakers and helped bring us 3 straight champions and 4 conference titles but the thing is that he burned every bridge possible on his way out of L.A. to South Beach. He ripped Buss, he ripped Kupchak, the organization, the town, the fans - everything. He continued to take shots blatant and indirectly, at the city and the franchise.

He deserved to have his jersey retired, but I don't see him getting a statue anytime in the near future. You can't point and yell at the owner "pay me mother fucker" and expect to get a statue outside of Staples. Especially during a pre-season game after you show up to training camp overweight and out of shape and tell him "I got hurt on company time, so I'll heal on company time."

To be fair to him, Kobe basically forced him out of LA so he could have the spotlight, and the lakers front office didn't back him.
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Default Re: Should Shaq get a statue outside of Staples Center?

yes but it better be twice as big as Kareem's
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Default Re: Should Shaq get a statue outside of Staples Center?

Yup

Him and Kobe together IMO.
Just like Stockton and Malone are in Utah.
And Shaq and Kobe actually played in the building unlike all the statues before them.
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Default Re: Should Shaq get a statue outside of Staples Center?

nope.......it would lessen the value of kobes................a true laker legend.....and shaq is not that.........shaq jumped around way too many teams
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Old 05-09-2013, 02:59 PM   #13
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Shaq in his steel hero outfit would be an epic statue.
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Default Re: Should Shaq get a statue outside of Staples Center?

Without a doubt. They don't win any of those championships in the early 2000s without Shaq, much less 3 peat.
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Default Re: Should Shaq get a statue outside of Staples Center?

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Kobe pushed Shaq out of LA,


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To be fair to him, Kobe basically forced him out of LA so he could have the spotlight, and the lakers front office didn't back him.

You're both wrong. Kobe did not run Shaq out of town. That's an unsubstantiated rumor and it's been proven to be false. Jerry Buss said that the they would do anything to resign Kobe, and that bruised Shaq's ego.

Shaq was 32 years old, going into his 13th year in the league, he showed up to training camp overweight and out of shape and he demanded a max contract extension and he cursed out and publicly called out Jerry Buss during an exhibition game. After the Lakers lost to the Pistons in the Finals, Shaq publicly demanded to be traded because Buss wasn't going to give him maximum money. The Lakers decided to deal him. Kobe actually had already decided to sign with the Clippers, but Buss made a last-ditch effort to Bryant because he knew how disasterous it would be from a public relations standpoint for the Lakers to lose both of their star players in one offseason. Bryant has admitted he talked to Jerry West and West advised him to stay with the Lakers. Buss and Kupchak convinced him they'd rebuild the franchise and bring in top talent. So, he re-signed with the Lakers.

Saying Kobe ran Shaq out of L.A. is the easy scenario that people like to latch on to, but it's pretty far from the actual truth.
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