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Michael Doleac

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well, dont know what to say:





we got him...yay? he's gunna play forward...



he avarages, 2 PPG.... yeah, that'll replace odom :plain



well, hes a backup for shaq aparently...he's a big guy at 6'11 and 265 lbs...



but...i wonder how he'll fare...


he was a 1st rounder in 98, i wonder if that means anything.


well, lets see..

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well first this is like 2 day old news.second hes not a PF.also he is not bad. hes never had a chance to start and last year in 14 min avg almost 5 points and 4 reb. over 28 min span thats an avg of about 10 and 8. go farther and make it over 30 min and he could be a double double player. i know with shaq he wont but he is a very solid player.

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i know hes not a PF, but they are gonna move him to that Pos, check out the heat secion on ESPN, it says POS=F


and i know he's really a center, man, i was refrencing to his stat page for godsake man! ;)


it is old new, but i didnt see a thread on it.





check out this new article on "shaq n'wade"



Wade: Leave the driving to Shaq

Published July 16, 2004



Dwyane Wade was in L.A. on Wednesday, headed to the ESPYs.


Shaquille O'Neal was in Florida, headed to the Heat.


Still, the new duo did something that was such a struggle for O'Neal and his old sidekick during the eight seasons they shared locker rooms and a stage, something that should warm every Heat fan's heart:


They communicated.


Better yet, they plotted. They laughed.


"I talked to the Diesel yesterday," Wade said Thursday. "He called me, and the first thing he did was crack a joke and then we went from there. It was a good conversation. It wasn't long, but it was straight to the point and I enjoyed it."


The joke?


"He just told me he was going to cross me over on the first day of practice," Wade said. "You know I laughed at that."


You know, the league isn't laughing. That's because this partnership between big kid and old soul -- you guess which is which -- just might work.


Which is the thing that could make this deal work.


Shaq Daddy, after tumultuous relationships with Penny Hardaway and Kobe Bryant, might finally have found his favorite son. And Wade might have found transportation preferable even to his black-on-black Chrysler 300 C.


"I'm standing alone," a smiling Wade recently said of his purchase. "But there's a lot of people in the world now starting to come onto the Chrysler."


Now the self-proclaimed "Big Benz" is coming to him. Honking his Superman horn. Offering a ride.


So why stand alone?


For a guard with no selfish streak, there's nothing to do but hop in.


For fans, there's something to celebrate perhaps more than the megastar the Heat acquired: The rising star it kept. The person it kept. The future it kept.


In six months, Dwyane Wade has risen from overlooked rookie to playoff revelation to deserving Olympian to something more amazing: a primary reason Shaq changed coasts.


As silly as the Heat would have been to include Wade in any deal, you'd be as silly to exclude him from discussion of what went down. Without Wade's development, Shaq never looks this way. The Heat never looks at itself as a contender. The Dallas Mavericks look far different instead.


Pat Riley was able to "raise the ante" largely because of Wade's raised profile, which made Shaq want to "raise" him.


Still, Shaq might have to settle for raising banners.


"D Wade," as he calls him, is just about grown.


It's not just because of the player Wade is, or will become after improving his jumper. It's not just the way he starts everything -- scoring the winning basket over LeBron James in summer league, scoring 18 to start the exhibition season, scoring 18 to start the season, averaging 18 in his first playoff season. It's not just because of how he finishes, though his fourth-quarter moxie will come in handy when the hackers attack Shaq. It's not just because he is as difficult a one-on-one cover on the perimeter as O'Neal is in the paint, capable of setting up O'Neal's slams with his slashes.


It's because Wade, on and off the floor, is not difficult at all.


He learned a new position because the Heat needed him to. He proved his restraint with 47-percent shooting -- 4 percentage points better than Kobe, 5 better than Tracy McGrady, 6 better than Paul Pierce, 8 better than Allen Iverson. He is 22 going on 33, content to complement and compliment the playful 32-year-old who will stretch jersey No. 32.


"He knows he's good, but he's very, very respectful of veterans and their position," Heat president Pat Riley said. "I think he will respect and know who he is playing with. Shaquille O'Neal, on the other hand, is someone who can be a father figure to this guy, and teach him and protect him."


Thursday, Wade was asked whose team this was.


No hesitation. Straight into the post. To the dominant big man Richards High and Marquette could not provide.


"Hands down, hands down Shaq's team," Wade said. "It's his team. He's the Big Fella. He's the guy the offense is going to run through. He's the guy that we want our offense to run through, and we'll take it from there."


Wade is the guy who should get easier offense. So was it hard to imagine anyone complaining about teaming with O'Neal?


"It all depends on the person and the player," Wade said. "Unfortunately, Shaq has been with two unbelievable players, Penny Hardaway when he was in Orlando and Kobe Bryant, that felt like they had more to give and they wanted to show more. But players are different. That's not my mind state. My mind state is getting the W first. And I know that with the wins and with the championships come everything you want."


Athletes say that often. This one means it. Since it's been some time since The Big Benz has heard it from the passenger seat, no sound from his stereo could be sweeter.

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