On today’s episode of Globe 10.0 (now on Facebook!), the Globe’s Bob Ryan and Dan Shaughnessy discuss the recent trade that sends Shaquille O’Neal to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers gave up very little to bring in O’Neal, sending Ben Wallace, Sasha Pavlovic, a second-round draft pick, and cash to the Suns. The aging but ever-imposing O’Neal joins LeBron James on a team that went 39-2 at home last season and was 8-0 in the 2009 playoffs before imploding against the Magic.
So what kind of impact with one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players of all time have on his new team?
“On offense he’s still got something left,” says Ryan. “If he’s motivated and in shape he can still play offense.”
While Ryan questions Shaq’s ability to stay with quicker players on defense, Shaughnessy says the change of scenery will bring out the best in O’Neal.
“History shows when he goes to a new place it’s usually pretty good right out of the gate,” said Shaughnessy. “And life got a lot harder for Kendrick Perkins, too.”
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