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June 13, 2000 | MARK HEISLER
Dear Shaq: You're on your own in this one. Sincerely, David Stern. The NBA commissioner, who had suggested he might ask the league's competition committee to change the rules to discourage intentional fouling--as in Game 2 of this series when Indiana Pacer Coach Larry Bird put Shaquille O'Neal on the free-throw line 39 times--reversed himself and said Monday that things will stay the way they are.
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June 13, 2000 | MARK HEISLER
Dear Shaq: You're on your own in this one. Sincerely, David Stern. The NBA commissioner, who had suggested he might ask the league's competition committee to change the rules to discourage intentional fouling--as in Game 2 of this series when Indiana Pacer Coach Larry Bird put Shaquille O'Neal on the free-throw line 39 times--reversed himself and said Monday that things will stay the way they are.
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July 1, 1998 | From Reuters
Reebok International Ltd., which has cut its spending on high-priced endorsement contracts with star athletes, ended its relationship with basketball star Shaquille O'Neal on Tuesday. Reebok and O'Neal's agent said in a joint statement that the six-year deal, which made the Los Angeles Laker center one of the game's highest-paid stars, has benefited both parties, but that the two are parting ways. Reebok critics have said that the high-priced O'Neal endorsements helped sell few shoes.
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July 1, 1998 | From Reuters
Reebok International Ltd., which has cut its spending on high-priced endorsement contracts with star athletes, ended its relationship with basketball star Shaquille O'Neal on Tuesday. Reebok and O'Neal's agent said in a joint statement that the six-year deal, which made the Los Angeles Laker center one of the game's highest-paid stars, has benefited both parties, but that the two are parting ways. Reebok critics have said that the high-priced O'Neal endorsements helped sell few shoes.
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October 29, 2003 | Mike Penner
Actually heard on ESPN on Tuesday afternoon: "As reported earlier on SportsCenter, sources close to O'Neal say he called Bryant twice this summer and in fact Kobe never returned his phone calls." Stay tuned for further developments in this breaking news story. Such as: Did Kobe really get a smaller piece of Phil Jackson's birthday cake than Shaq? And did that, in turn, cause Kobe not to invite Shaq to spend the night up in his backyard treehouse?
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September 18, 2010 | By Mark Heisler
With six first-team all- NBA picks on the market with 16 more former all-stars and more than 50 starting players, any NBA team could make out and most did: 1. Boston — Yet another Last Hurrah possible with Jermaine O'Neal, Shaquille O'Neal, Delonte West and Von Wafer. Coach Doc Rivers is worried about chemistry — preferable to worrying they're washed up, as he was six months ago. 2. Chicago — Nice job by Recruiters Rn't Us after missing out on Dwyane Wade and becoming the only team to tell LeBron James his people couldn't ride their plane, before dropping mysteriously off his list.
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April 17, 2003 | Tim Brown, Times Staff Writer
OAKLAND -- Shaunie O'Neal, Shaquille's pregnant wife, is not due with the couple's son until the end of April, but O'Neal on Wednesday said he could not rule out missing a playoff game to witness the event. "I'm not thinking about it until it happens," he said after the Lakers ended their regular season with a win against the Golden State Warriors. "But, I will be there for the birth of my son. I gotta be the first black man he sees."
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November 26, 2003 | Mike Penner
Opinions are like free throws in today's NBA. Everybody steps to the line. Everybody takes shots. Some toss up bricks. Which brings us to a new book written by sports statistician Elliott Kalb and his selection as the best NBA player of all time: Shaquille O'Neal. Believe it or not, the book is not titled, "I'm Pulling Your Leg From Here to Staples Center." Kalb christened his book, "Who's Better, Who's Best in Basketball?" with a cover tease that promises, " 'Mr.
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January 28, 2009 | Grahame L. Jones
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist John Updike, who died Tuesday, was a baseball fan pure and simple. Anyone doubting the depth of his feelings for the game need only refer to a New Yorker magazine piece he penned in 1960 on Red Sox legend Ted Williams. It was a 5,880-word essay, each sentence perfectly crafted. Here are just a few of them about watching the home run that Williams hit in his final at-bat. Williams was 42 at the time. Updike was 28.
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December 15, 2000 | J.A. ADANDE
As the Lakers trudged through the first 6 1/2 weeks of the season, they insisted that there was plenty of time to work out whatever problems they had. They were right. But not anymore. The presidential election is finally over, and so are the NBA primaries. It's time for the Lakers to show what they've got. The Lakers (15-9) have 24 games in the books; that's almost a third of the season.
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November 3, 2005 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
Phil Jackson was back. So were the Lakers, at least for a night. In a season opener where the Lakers had to rally late to force overtime, Kobe Bryant made amends with a 23-foot jumper with 0.6 seconds left in overtime to drive the Lakers to a 99-97 victory Wednesday over the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center. Bryant had 33 points, eight in overtime, and a part of Jackson felt as if he had never left. "That's when he's at his best," Jackson said, "under duress at the end of games."
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November 8, 1999 | MARK HEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You don't tug on Superman's cape, much less his rotator cuff, but you might put him at the free-throw line and see what happens. A night after Portland's Jermaine O'Neal grabbed Shaquille O'Neal's shoulder, angering him into getting himself ejected, O'Neal took it out on the hapless Dallas Mavericks, scoring 30 points with 20 rebounds as the Lakers coasted to a 105-97 victory Sunday before 18,068 in Staples Center.
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