Yea, i heard the same as landho here. I thought d'antoni really wanted shaq and kerr was the unsure one. I mean, they weren't going to resign marion or anything and they figured they may as well get something in return. I don't buy the can't exist with egos thing. I think that's really overrated by the media. I used to play basketball on an aau team with a guy or two i really didn't like and it's not a big deal on the court. You don't have enough time while playing to even think of stuff like that since it's such a fast paced game. Kobe-shaq did it, people coexisted with jordan even though he is supposedly the biggest asshole teammate. Not just motivating yelling, but just bad offcourt chemistry and he even punched one of his centers if i recall (i forget which one). I think the deal was more a way to deal with the bigs in the top of the west, to get better rebounding and to deal with dallas (shaq always gave them trouble). I don't know. I mean, like i said earlier, i wish i could just trust kerr/d'antoni. They do know a lot more about their offense/defense systems, their chemistry, strengths and weaknesses and about the game of basketball. It's hard to believe they'd do it if they were really unsure. So many GMs have proven this wrong though. I don't know, i really do want this to work though. If someone told you guys in october that shaq would be holding a title trophy in a suns uniform, everyone would say that'd be crazy. jpeirpont edit:- exactly. They needed an absolute meltdown and luck 2 years ago to beat the lakers and barely beat them the next year and a mediocre clippers team. With the same lakers team only with fisher, pau, coming of age bynum, ariza and role players who are older and more experienced, would they really have a chance?