Juronimo wrote:I was mad at Shaq for going over to the dark side and those silly comments of his but that's in the past. The facts still remain, he was the most dominant force in the league while he was here and helped bring us 3 rings plus the house that Shaq built, the Staples Center.
Personally I've moved on and I'm looking forward to seeing his jersey retired.
^^ Me too, Juronimo. I've been plenty PO'd at the Big Knucklehead, but he absolutely returned our franchise to the greatness that we all hoped for and desired. Anyone like us who struggled through the lean, post-Magic years knows what it meant and doesn't take that for granted.
And I do find it weird that people seem not to acknowledge that the Staples Center was literally the house that Shaq built. Shaq was actually pushing for the new arena and he was the main attraction who put the people in the seats. For that reason alone he'll be in discussion for a statue in later years. I'm just not sure he'll get one.
For me that history is bittersweet. I actually loved going to the Forum and I loved that it brought more money and people into Inglewood. It was a fun atmosphere there, more loose, more vocal, louder. Staples is more Vegas-like (same architects) - more opulent, more hushed, more about the ringside seats and luxury boxes. It's just a very different vibe. Things change, and I get that. Staples was a big part of the revitalization and modernization of LA's downtown. It's a good thing. But I do miss the Fabulous Forum.