Originally Posted by Rode Block
You forgetting that the Magic also added Bass. That gives them a bigger front line and it lets Rashard move to the 3 and Vince will be playing the 2...This team got younger with the addition of Bass.
And the Celtics if healthy can still compete. Rasheed is gonna be a solid bench player...He can still defend and he can hit the open 3...He give them some added depth.
Shaq is a slight upgrade, but at this point in his career he isn't gonna take them to the next level like you seem to think.
They already built the stadium. The move is official. At this point it's a matter of when not if.
Your underestimating SHaq's presence in the middle especially in the East, and its not just a slight upgrade because Z has regressed.
Your looking past 18 and 8 and the fact that with LeBron attacking the basket at will, he will be able to clean up the boards.
Im not saying he will be the Shaq of old, but playing with LeBron is going to make him more effective than you think.
Rasheed hasn't played well for 2 years now.
The Celtics best years are behind them.
IN no way are they the favorites in the east. They are already looking to dump Ray Allen.
Bass is a nice addition but the Magic were a better team with last years roster. They basically got less depth and more age after this offseason.
Turkoglu was HUGE for them...he was their facilitator. He ran those dreaded pick and rolls to perfection because of his size and ability to go to the basket or pull up.
The Magics window was last year...now, they are easier to defend and play.
As far as the Brooklyn thing...i could care less where the nets play....
but my thing is, if your going to play in New York, you play at the Garden.
Just like in baseball, if your going to play in NY, you play in Yankee Stadium.