Jersey Monday: Shaquille O'Neal

I've mentioned this before on this blog, but at my core, I'm really a LeBron James fan, not a Cleveland Cavaliers fan. I never rooted for the team before he arrived in Cleveland, and I'm not sure I'd continue to root for the team if he leaves.

So, with that in mind, it's easy to understand how prior to last summer, the only Cavaliers jerseys I owned were that of LeBron James.

That all changed in July, when Shaquille O'Neal was traded to the Cavaliers. Shaq was probably the one player I really liked for whom I didn't have a jersey. I didn't start collecting NBA jerseys seriously until 2004, by which point he was the subject of trade talks.

Shaq eventually got traded to the Heat, for whom I already had a jersey (Lamar Odom) and eventually got more jerseys (Dwyane Wade). When he got to Phoenix, I considered finally getting my Shaq jersey -- since I still to this day don't have a Suns jersey -- but it didn't seem like he'd be sticking around long.

With Shaq on the Cavs, I didn't care how long he was sticking around (though I would've been pissed if I just got my jersey and he got traded again this season). Plus, I didn't have an authentic Cavs alternate, so this was a chance to fill that hole in my collection too.

Jersey Monday will continue every Monday until I run out of jerseys to spotlight. And since I’ve got more than 150 of them, that could be awhile.