Had a completely different blog topic typed and all ready to go. Was going to call for the official end to the Shaquille O'Neal hatefest. Was going to point out how it's getting old.
O'Neal and the Phoenix Suns were ousted in five games against the defending champion San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs, giving those from Camps "I-told-you-so" and "Serves-him-right" reason to toast the demise of the Diesel.
Drink up. But was going to offer a shot of reality to those tipping Hater-aide-filled glasses. Was going to point out how Steve Nash had as much to do with the Suns downfall as O'Neal. How Nash provided as much defense against Tony Parker as Jason Kidd did against Chris Paul. Absolutely none. Maybe even negative-none, counting the late turnovers.
But it's much easier to aim at Shaq, who at 7-1 and 325 pounds (allegedly) is a can't-miss target for criticism. Was going to place a significant amount of the blame on Shaq's shoulders for missing all of those free throws. But was going to include coach Mike D'Antonio (I meant that) for helping the Spurs cause by stubbornly leaving Shaq in to toss brick after brick. Or, for not leaving Shaq out when the Suns made their late comeback to take the lead with him on the bench.
True, for what was expected, the Shaq-Sun experiment failed. But was going to mention that Shawn Marion wouldn't have made much difference had the trade never happened because, well, he couldn't get the Suns past the Spurs in previous years. Big or small, the Suns just can't stand up to the Spurs. And was going to point out how the Heat has 40 million reasons - one for each dollar remaining on Shaq's contract - to count its beans and blessings. The Heat's season was defined as much by the dumping of the Big Burden's contract than it was for dropping a franchise-tying 67 games. For that, give Pat Riley 16 victories in his final season as coach rather than the 15 the record shows.
But just as I was going to hit the "post" button on the blog, the file somehow vanished, un-saved. Gone. A night's work lost. And then another thought hit me. Here's to hoping new Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has better cyberspace skills than I when he's scheduled to go on-line to chat with Heat fans Thursday from 1-1:30 at Heat.com. He's already making smart, innovative and new-millennium moves.
Can't make it there, post your question for Spoelstra here. We'll present them to CyberSpo and post his responses on the blog when we get them. Otherwise, if you've got something to say about Shaq, do what I forgot to do - and just save it. After all, it's time to move on, isn't it?