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Thursday eye-opener: Can Shaq and LeBron co-exist? Like this story? Share it with Yahoo! Buzz Good morning.Another suitcase in another town.

Shaquille O'Neal is settling in Cleveland.

And for the first time in his career he goes somewhere where he is clearly the second banana.

No matter how you tweet it, no matter what rap lyrics you come up with, Shaq will know what a supporting role tastes like.Only Jack Nicholson gets $20 million for this type of role and Superman will be just another member of the Legion of Super-Heroes.It is LeBron's world we just rent space in Cleveland.

(Photo by Mark Duncan, AP)Charley Rosen of Fox Sports says don't expect much out of Shaq.However, Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes:It is not easy to get used to Shaq.

All of training camp will probably be an exercise to re-learn how to operate with him in there.

There will be issues, Shaq demands the ball, he slows down early offense and sometimes he will clog the lane.

But think of the matchup issues the Cavs will give teams with LeBron and Shaq on the floor.

It is scary especially because you know LeBron will know how to get him the ball.So the question is will Shaq be worth the $20 million and is downtown Cleveland big enough for him and LeBron James?While we wait for this novel to unfold, here is some good work by some good people that we might have missed while sleeping or looking elsewhere.Sometimes the NCAA presents itself as a bunch of unfeeling knuckleheads.

This story by's Seth Davis is one of those cases.Lashawn Merritt is one fast dude.USA TODAY columnist Christine Brennan lays some blame at Don Fehr's feet.

Kevin Blackistone of AOL is staring at the clouds also.The F1 word: Max Mosely steps down.Lakers will probably trade out of the first round.Eric Horowitz of puts the mock in the mock draft.The most famous foot in China is not healing.Real Clear Sports rates the top 10 college basketball programs as far as sending players to the pros.10 guys who will be hard to replace in college hoops courtesy of Steve Megargee of hate me.

Kevin Hench of Fox writes we are entering the era of hate.If you have AIM and would like to get an instant-message alert every time the daily "eye-opener" post is ready, send an IM to "USATODAY" to get started.

Click the link in the IM window and set up a custom IM alert for "eye-opener."� If you don't have AIM, download it at, if you are a Twitter user, you can follow our blog via this link: can reach Tom Weir at and Reid Cherner at by Reid Cherner at 05:58 AM/ET, June 25, 2009 in Morning roundup | Permalink
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