The Matrix Reloaded


When Amar’e Stoudemire moved to New York, observers piss on his decision saying that Amar’e only became a star because of Steve Nash.

Amar’e dispelled all things said to him by becoming the dominant force that is so great it led to the acquisition of Carmelo Anthony because they thought this team is ready for the playoffs.

Well... they aren’t.

But at least Stat continued remained a dominant force like he was in Phoenix.

Unlike Shawn Marion.

There was a rumor in the early 2000’s that pitted Stat and The Matrix. Both guys wanted to be the Suns’ go to guy and it came to the point where they forced the management to choose between them.

Stoudemire is an inside threat. While he is not a consistent rebounder, he is a scoring powerhouse when the opponents give him enough room to operate.

Shawn Marion can play both forward positions with ease and he has a ridiculous-looking but effective outside shot. He can also rebound the ball and play open court in utmost fashion.

The problem with Marion is that he is undersized for the power forward position and Phoenix as a team is too small for them to cut back at their bigs.

This is why Marion was the guy they used alongside Marcus Banks to acquire disgruntled Miami Heat slotman Shaquille O’Neal.

In Miami where the Heat fans thought Marion would electrify the crowd with his dazzling display of talent, the Matrix was basically like a fish out of water. With a great point guard like Steve Nash, Marion struggled to get nice touches and precise scoring situations. Marion did not last with the Heat and was traded to the Toronto Raptors alongside again, Marcus Banks, for Jermaine O’Neal and Jamario Moon.

His second trade with Marcus Banks.

His second trade with an “O’Neal” involved.

His second time to be part of a team that involved one of Miami’s Big Three.

There is a trend here.

Again, despite having Chris Bosh in their roster, Marion failed to become a threat. In an instant the acclaimed explosive scorer was reduced to a broken down has-been similar to Shawn Kemp and Vin Baker.

In 2009, the 1999 NBA Draft ninth pick overall was sent to the Dallas Mavericks – a move that probably made his individual superstar aspirations to launch in disarray.

But if there is any consolation, perhaps things could be better.

The trade didn’t involve Marcus Banks.

The trade didn’t have an O’Neal involved.

And the trade didn’t have him to play alongside Wade, Bosh, or Lebron James.

Two years later, Marion may not be scoring 17 points and 8 rebounds in a day-to-day basis, but at least he is in the NBA Finals. He will be one of many Dirk Nowitzki supporting cast mates who are former stars that were relegated to become his support...

... and they are NOT complaining.

Marion will try to revive his old Matrix self again just like what he did in their Game 5 Western Conference clincher against the Oklahoma City Thunder where he scored 26 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal, and 3 shot blocks.

And then there are the other guys.

Jason Kidd is in his third finals appearance and he wants nothing less than to end his storied triple-doubling career with a championship. Peja Stojakovic’s closet chance to win a plum was almost a decade ago when he was still playing for the Sacramento Kings. Tyson Chandler is a defensive-oriented player who should have stayed in New Orleans to keep Chris Paul happy and instead drifted away from spotlight. Brendan Haywood was considered a top draw playing for the title-contending NCAA squad North Carolina but in the NBA, this is his first trip to the big dance. Caron Butler is still nursing an injury but for the sake of helping his squad will do everything in his power to help it.

And then there’s DeShawn Stevenson, who I believe will play a pivotal role in this series.

Dirk Nowitzki will do everything in his power to lead Dallas past the evil Miami Heat and Shawn Marion and the rest of the has-beens will proved their critics wrong and give Dallas their first ever NBA title.

Game over!


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