Originally written on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 11/18/14
99

Shaquille O'Neal recently earned his PhD and it seems he is putting his new found knowledge by making a smart choice and is picking the San Antonio Spurs to make this year's NBA Finals along with the Miami Heat.

"Like a lot of people, Miami and the [San Antonio] Spurs. I think it'll be either the Spurs or the Lakers. L.A. is the only team that matches up with the Spurs."

OK so maybe "Dr. Shaq" may need a refresher but hope he realizes the Spurs won the regular season series with the Lakers (2-1) including thoroughly beating LA in the final two meetings despite the Lakers' size advantage.

But if you are wondering why Shaq likes the Spurs in the Finals over other powerhouse teams in the West, namely the Thunder, he points to head coach Gregg Popovich and his former rival Tim Duncan who he feels has some more gas left in his tank.

"OKC has good players, but they only know one way to play now. The Spurs know how to do it, they have the greatest leader [Coach Gregg Popovich] in the world. They're on a mission. And I think Tim Duncan, the way he's playing now, has two years left."

As the Spurs have shown in the playoffs and regular season, this team has depth. Popovich has the players if the team needs to go small, can play a half-court game, run-and-gun if they need to. As for Duncan, he has been playing great since the beginning of the season and continues to wreck havoc on the court in the playoffs as the Utah Jazz can testify.

I'd say newly minted Doctor Shaq's choice of San Antonio heading to the Finals, and foreseeing TD playing a bit longer is a smart proclamation wouldn't you agree Spurs fans?

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Manziel moves from downtown Cleveland to golf community

Harris sues Mayweather for $20M for lying in an interview with Katie Couric

The NBA needs to leave 'hack-a-whoever' rules alone

Top Rank threatens to sue over Mayweather-Pacquiao piracy

Titans already tailoring offense to suit Mariota's strengths

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Pettine: Manziel isn't favorite for Browns' starting QB job

Randy Gregory denies 'weed problem,' says he's immature

Jameis Winston wants Bucs to sign LSU OT La'El Collins

Chris Bosh on blood clot diagnosis: ‘I’m lucky to be alive’

Eagles coach Chip Kelly made a mess at quarterback

Report: Bulls management anxious to fire Tom Thibodeau

NFL releases times and dates for preseason slate

Fans file $5M class action suit against Pacquiao over injury

Making sense of the AL East pile-up

Brandon Prust sorry for saying referee ‘tries to play God’

Ron Roenicke and the career afterlives of fired managers

Knicks announcer's MVP ballot had Curry behind Marc Gasol

Edelman mocks Belichick in Cinco de Mayo tweet

Projecting the 2015 MLB All-Star Game rosters after April

Tiger hasn't slept in three days since Lindsey Vonn breakup

David Blatt: ‘No excuses’ for Cavaliers’ Game 1 loss to Bulls

The 2015 NBA Draft big board, first edition

What’s next for the San Antonio Spurs?

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Manziel moves from downtown Cleveland

Making sense of the AL East pile-up

Chris Bosh on blood clot diagnosis: ‘I’m lucky to be alive’

Projecting the All-Star Game rosters

Eagles coach Chip Kelly made a mess at quarterback

Tiger hasn't slept in three days since Lindsey Vonn breakup

2015 NBA Draft big board, first edition

Eliminate Hack-A-Player: Don't reward violating sports rules

No easy solution to the problem of early NFL draft entrants

What’s next for the Spurs?

Cauley-Stein changes middle name to 'Trill'

NFL has Los Angeles Rams webpage

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.