Incorrect Shaquille ONeal plays for the Lakers The best team in the NBA

The best team in the NBA is an appositive that renames or identifies the Lakers.

Correct: Shaquille O'Neal plays for the Lakers, the best team in the NBA. Attach the fragment to the independent clause preceding it.

Note: Sometimes fragments are used for special purposes: for emphasis, to mimic conversation, or to answer rhetorical questions. Although fragments may be appropriate and are often used in modern fiction and advertising, use complete sentences unless you are sure of your audience.

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