Shaquille O'Neal recently earned his PhD and it seems he is putting his new found knowledge by making a smart choice and is picking the San Antonio Spurs to make this year's NBA Finals along with the Miami Heat.
"Like a lot of people, Miami and the [San Antonio] Spurs. I think it'll be either the Spurs or the Lakers. L.A. is the only team that matches up with the Spurs."
OK so maybe "Dr. Shaq" may need a refresher but hope he realizes the Spurs won the regular season series with the Lakers (2-1) including thoroughly beating LA in the final two meetings despite the Lakers' size advantage.
But if you are wondering why Shaq likes the Spurs in the Finals over other powerhouse teams in the West, namely the Thunder, he points to head coach Gregg Popovich and his former rival Tim Duncan who he feels has some more gas left in his tank.
"OKC has good players, but they only know one way to play now. The Spurs know how to do it, they have the greatest leader [Coach Gregg Popovich] in the world. They're on a mission. And I think Tim Duncan, the way he's playing now, has two years left."
As the Spurs have shown in the playoffs and regular season, this team has depth. Popovich has the players if the team needs to go small, can play a half-court game, run-and-gun if they need to. As for Duncan, he has been playing great since the beginning of the season and continues to wreck havoc on the court in the playoffs as the Utah Jazz can testify.
I'd say newly minted Doctor Shaq's choice of San Antonio heading to the Finals, and foreseeing TD playing a bit longer is a smart proclamation wouldn't you agree Spurs fans?
Shaq-stradamus predicted Spurs winning in June in december last year. He's sticking with it!
It somehow seems alot more realistic now. I didn't feel the spurs going deep in the playoffs going in to the season having traded Hill and not really signing anyone.
I @JohanBeijer I, for one, saw the Spurs having a great team this year especially since we traded for Kawhi and all the TD stories I read during the lockout was about him working hard in the gym. No Disneyland, no beaches off the Spanish coast, no resorts...
Just TD, a gym, a ball... and often times NeNe lol
A lot of big men came to San Antonio over the lockout to work out with Timmy and Timmy has shown why he one of the top ten greatest players of all time... his winning focus. Few have it, even fewer have enough of it.
Kawhi has it, IMO, and I can't wait to see if he reaches full potential.
@russman138 I didn't doubt a good season. But I felt they didn't address their playoff achilles heel - size. But maybe it was more of a health issue after all with Manu hurt and Timmy worn out. I'd say they're proving that now - and I'll be the first to tell you: I'm happy to have been wrong about questioning the team
@JohanBeijer I definitely agree about Manu. But Timmy, I didn't even think he played that bad in the series when he actually got touches. We kept saying "we're saving Timmy for the playoffs..." and then he rarely gets to play offensively. We ended up standing around waiting for Manu or Tony to make something happen. This year, however, has been much different. Timmy has gotten the ball on the first possession every playoff game thus far.