Stephen A. Smith: We all know you and the Lakers don't get along, so let's hear it from you, first reactions from the Lakers trade?
BeeBall Reasons: Well Stephen, our traditional rivalry is the I-5 rivalry with the neighboring Trailblazers. The bad blood is overblown by media hotshots just because we are two of the leagueís most active and competitive franchises in the same division. However, itís nice for the young Seattle fans and the NBA to see new rivalries like Sonics/Lakers and Sonics/Kings who knocked us out of the playoffs last year. Iím not going to lie the initial reaction to the Lakers trade among the Sonics brass, like the rest of the league, was one of panic. The consensus mindset was that we really needed to make some moves now that the Lakers have two All NBA players. Shaq is a magnificent player. He leads the league in field goal percentage and could really help to improve the Lakers field goal percentage as a team, which was one of their few weaknesses. And of course, should make what was an already good Lakers defense into a dominant one.
Stephen A. Smith: I completely agree with that. Shaq is flawless. I've seen his practice, and I think its a thing of pure beauty.
BeeBall Reasons: Well actually, the more I thought about it the more I realized that there are some potential drawbacks. One of the things that made the Lakers a tough team to beat is that between Marbury and Hill they really protected the ball well, in fact, they were the best in the league at it but Shaq has a bad habit of giving the ball away, partly because the ball ran through him in Minnesota. Hopefully their coach can fix that turnover bug. It will be interesting to see who the Lakers go to scorer will be. Los Angeles has a lot to be excited about but of course the scarier outcome would be the Lakers landing the number one pick and drafting that big guy from China everyone was buzzing about to pair with what was an already strong core.
Stephen A. Smith: So let me as--