They brought Shaquille O'Neal(notes) to the Cleveland Cavaliers to manipulate his obsessive grudge – Dwight Howard(notes) – and thumb surgery shouldn't stop him. The rest of the job, the Cavaliers can do without Shaq. Privately, scouts will tell you the Cavs sometimes are sleeker and sharper without him. Nevertheless, the truth has stayed unchanged: LeBron James(notes) needs Shaq to reach Kobe Bryant(notes) and the Lakers.
The Cavs still need Superman to get them through Superman.
"It doesn't hurt them, except for guarding Dwight Howard one-on-one in the post," one Eastern Conference scout said Sunday night. "Otherwise, I guess we'll just see him in May."
See you in May, Shaq. O'Neal has surgery on his right thumb Monday, and a source close to him told Yahoo! Sports he'll be out six to eight weeks. Boston's Glen Davis(notes) delivered a harsh hit on Thursday, and down went Shaq for the rest of the regular season. LeBron is delivering the most brilliant ball of his life, Mo WilliamsRead More »from Cavs still counting on Shaq for super battle