Swolswol, I think you are a little hard on Shaq. I think he was tired this year. I think the 3 runs, made all our players run out of gas. Especially Shaq. He had surgery, he was out of gas, and the hunger for winning another championship, just wasn't there. The fact that he met with the Lakers organization and hired a personal trainer, I think that speaks for itself as to his motivation for next year. Personally, as much as I know Shaq dislikes Duncan & Robinson. I know losing to the Spurs hurt him more than it would have if Sacramento would have eliminated us this year. This loss to that team
is burning Shaq up. Mark my words, he will have a MVP like season next year. I expect to also see a MVP like season out of Kobe next year also. His tears after game 6, let me know how much it hurt him to lose also. Don't think he isn't burning up, after hearing another player proclaiming himself as a KOBE STOPPER
in Bruce Bowen. Expect to see Bowen added to Kobe's [Swearing is not permitted at Clublakers. You must edit this post prior to submitting.] list. He will be right next to Patterson.