Pat Riley finally fired back at The Big Prick-ly Cactus on Thursday, which has probably been a long time coming given how the relationship has soured since last season.
I don't know if I've used this quote from one of my favorite cartoon characters, Philip J. Frye, before, but now seems as good a time as any to drop an "I'm literally angry with rage!"
I'm guessing that's how Riles felt after he had heard jab after jab from Shaq. Steve Kerr's probably not thrilled that Riles passed along the conversation they had to the media, but what's Kerr going to do, really? He's not that tough. Besides, it's just a matter of time before Shaq hates everyone in the Suns organization. So Kerr just happens to be first in line now that he told Riley he was embarassed by Shaq's mouth.
To me, though, this doesn't taint anything about the championship the team won with Shaq. I mean, are the L.A. folks complaining about their Shaq-driven titles after he trashed the organization? No. And Heat fans should be less inclined to think in those terms because Shaq didn't even do most of the heavy lifting in the Heat's championship run.
On top of that, I still want to see the Suns do well with Shaq because I still think Shaq has something left in the tank and it would be a shame for it to go to waste. It's just sad that his attitude is what it is. Because it'll leave a visible stain on what has been one of the top 10 careers of all time.
BTW, here is my best guess as to what Zo does next year. He won't be ready to start practicing again until the season starts, so I figure he'll work his way back into prime shape, see how the Heat is doing without him, then pull a P.J. Brown and decide to come back around January or early February. If the Heat is anything close to a playoff contender, he'll be back in a Heat uniform. You gotta love the Brett Favre of the NBA.