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Shaq’s Top 10 Worst Quotes and Biggest Jerk Moments of his Career

Shaq surprisingly announced his retirement Wednesday, and did so using a social media service that he’s endorsing and has a financial stake in. The announcement came out of nowhere, had odd timing, and caught people off guard. The media began its Shaq love fest all day, playing tribute videos and pumping out best Shaq moments and quotes lists. I really feel like everyone’s being taken for a couple of reasons.

First off, I believe he’s going to be back. He had a bad and injury-filled year in Boston, but he’s been saying he wants to play for a few more years. This just seems too abrupt for to me to believe Shaq is comfortable with his decision. Secondly, while Shaq was colorful and humorous, the guy was a petulant baby who was extremely insecure despite his 7-foot 350-pound plus intimidating frame. It’s somewhat irritating the love fest shown for this guy; it’s as if everyone forgets history when someone retires. My point is that Shaq had several moments throughout his career where he really lost me because of what a jerk he was, so I feel compelled to remind everyone of those moments.

So here they are, Shaq’s Top 10 Worst Quotes and Biggest Jerk Moments:

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Shaq’s Retirement Video Part of a Business Deal with Tout.com

When Shaq decided to announce his retirement via a social media network on Wednesday, I praised him for giving the info to the fans first rather than feeding it to an ESPN insider so they could break a big story and benefit from it.  Had I known at the time that the way Shaq went about his business was exactly that — business — I probably would have been a bit more critical.  It’s never too late.

When Shaq chose to put the announcement video on Tout.com, I assumed I was simply behind the game as far as social media tools are concerned.  I was a very late entry into the Twitter world, so it was reasonable to assume that Tout was just another Facebook, Twitter, or Myspace that I had yet to hear about.  Things got a bit stranger when Shaq kept utilizing Tout, which is apparently a social network that allows you to post videos that are 15 seconds or less in length.  Check out this interesting info that PopDecay.com passed along on Thursday via Red’s Army:

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Dwyane Wade: Miami Heat Won’t Stop Celebrating After Great Plays

The Miami Heat got Thunder’d by the Dallas Mavericks in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Much like Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals where Oklahoma City was up by 15 with five minutes to play and lost 112-105 in overtime, the Heat also blew a 15-point lead. Miami was up 88-73 after Dwyane Wade’s corner three pointer but ended up losing 95-93. His celebrated in front of the Mavericks bench apparently irked Dallas. Here’s a video of the play courtesy of Eye on Basketball:

Two Mavericks players said that the celebration by Wade ticked them off and inspired their 22-5 run to close the game. Tyson Chandler said Wade’s antics “angered a lot of [the Mavericks]” because it happened right in front of their bench.

Jason Terry said, “Right at that moment, it was a turning point in the game. Obviously we come out of that timeout and we don’t score, then we’re pretty much dead … I specifically looked at Dirk and said, ‘There’s no way we’re going out like this.'”

Alright, so we know from Dallas’ perspective that the three-pointer and celebration bothered them, but what about from Miami’s side? Was Wade’s reaction any different from his typical behavior? Did the Heat celebrate after that three like the game was over?

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Steve Nash and Brittany Richardson Attend Heat-Mavs Finals Game 2

Steve Nash was shown by the ABC cameras in attendance for Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Heat and Mavericks Thursday. Nash was spotted along with a young woman believed to be his girlfriend, Brittany Richardson. Check it out:

Nash apparently was bombarded by text messages after ABC showed him on TV, to which he responded on twitter “How can I watch the game when I just got a thousand texts for being on tv?! Been there before people… #kindofabigdeal”

As for Richardson, well Nash and his wife divorced in November — the day after their third child was born. It’s been rumored that he and Richardson have been dating since then, and the two recently took a trip to Negril.

Here are some more pictures of the two together courtesy of Brittany’s twitter account:

Chris Bosh Signals for Alley-Oop with His Tongue (Video)

Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh has been known for some awkward displays of behavior. Sometimes it’s funny, other times it’s sad. And this? Well I don’t even know what to make of this. Check out Chris Bosh using his tongue to signal for an alley-oop during Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Here’s the video courtesy of Black Sports Online:

Chris Bosh being Chris Bosh? I think I speak for many other fans when I say I wish he would just develop another signal. Otherwise we’ll have to change his nickname to Geoffrey.

Hard Salary Cap Could Make Big Three Unaffordable for Miami Heat

When the Miami Heat’s Bermuda Triangle formed over the summer, skeptics overlooked that the team was going to have two of arguably the top five players in the League and found several reasons to doubt them. Would their egos be too big to work together? Do they have enough size? Who would take the final shot (ignoring that they probably wouldn’t need a “last shot” to win games)? Will they have enough money left to fill the rest of their team? Some of those arguments had validity, and I still have my doubts that Chris Bosh will remain happy as the team’s third option for the duration of his contract. But another concern was whispered then and remains an issue now.

When the NBA addresses its labor situation, what happens if a hard salary cap is implemented?

David Stern ruined the Heat orgy in Miami by letting out that loud fart prior to Game 1 of the Finals. The NBA currently employs a soft salary cap that many teams go over. The ones that go over pay a luxury tax, but that option would be eliminated if a hard cap were implemented. Currently the cap is around $58 million, but it could drop significantly if a hard cap were introduced.

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Boobie Gibson Unhappy with LeBron James’ Cavs Died in the Moment Comment

After the Heat beat the Bulls to advance to the NBA Finals, LeBron James was asked about his decision to leave Cleveland for Miami. In his response, LeBron said “I wanted to team up with some guys that would never die down in the moment.” You can read his full response here, but the point is he was taking a shot at his Cavs teammates for not being good enough to win in the playoffs. We made a big deal of his comments here at LBS but it seemed to be overlooked by most of the media (no surprise, they were too busy writing whatever cliche stories they had in mind).

On his podcast with The Dugout Sports Show via Marcas Grant at Black Sports Online, Boobie Gibson, who has played with the Cavs since ’06, took exception with the comment. He says great players don’t need to call out players who aren’t as good:

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