Plow right through on Route 32
In pivotal Game 4, Bob Delaney whistled Big Ben twice for what I call “Failure to yield the right of way on Route 32.” Route 32 is the highway that runs from the favorite post-up spot of Number 32 (Shaq) on the left side of the lane to his other favorite spot, just in front of the basket. Traffic along this bumpy, eight-feet stretch of road is often heavy, prompting Shaq to hop into his bulldozer and plow through the congestion. On the two occasions in question, right after he fired up the engine and traveled the first few feet of his journey, the ref blew his whistle and gave Ben a ticket for standing in the middle of Route 32. The rule requires Ben to pull off to the side of the road until Shaq reaches his destination and dunks. Once that happens, Ben is free to go where he pleases — at least until Shaq again shows up at Route 32.
I much prefer shake-and-bake Shaq to bump-and-grind Shaq. He can be a great player for another couple of seasons sticking to the former. That would also make him less prone to foul trouble and provide the opportunity to polish his rich assortment of legit low-post moves and shots.