One of the best players in the league? Unquestionably. But the most valuable player last year? Chicago's success without Derrick Rose this season raises questions.
I can understand why Shaq might remain bitter despite being one ring, four teams, and eight years removed from the Lakers and Kobe. But that's no way to sell his book or start a post-NBA career.
He's a Hall of Famer. But he's also old and obstructive, and he's burned a lot of his NBA bridges. Shaq's free agency isn't as appealing as his ego makes him think it is.
NBA GMs who miss out on LeBron James and Dwyane Wade should not panic and offer max deals to Amare Stoudemire, Joe Johnson or Chris Bosh.