Thursday , Feb , 07 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

After Shaq Trade Lebron James Waits for His Help


Like nearly everyone else, Cleveland’s megastar was floored by Shaquille O’Neal’s trade to Phoenix. ‘Unbelievable,’ James said after practice Wednesday. ‘That’s all I got. It’s unbelievable.’ O’Neal, one of the league’s top centers for more than a decade, was traded by Miami to the Suns for forward Shawn Marion and guard Marcus Banks, a blockbuster deal that rocked the league like one of Shaq’s backboard-bending dunks.It was the second jaw-dropping swap involving All-Star players in days.

Last week, the Los Angeles Lakers acquired 7-foot center Pau Gasol from Memphis, a trade that may have forced the Suns into retooling their team in order to stay ahead of their nearest competitor in the Pacific Division. For James and the Cavaliers, Shaq’s departure from the Eastern Conference is a plus. They’ll only have to face him twice in the regular season, and won’t have to worry about him until the finals, assuming, that is, they ever get back there. Click here for more from ESPN.com.