January 17, 2002
Shaquille O'Neal, The Big Pachyderm, went another day without discussing the whiffed punch that cost him three games, about $729,000 and his duty to cover Miami's Alonzo Mourning on Wednesday and San Antonio's David Robinson on Saturday. But he is amusing himself and the media with his occasional bits of wisdom, Tuesday on the subject of frogs kicking elephants, and Wednesday on the importance of lawn care, particularly this time of year.
April 10, 2000 |
Coach Phil Jackson said Shaquille O'Neal's sprained left ankle was in better shape Sunday, but Jackson said he wasn't sure if O'Neal would miss his second consecutive game tonight against the Seattle SuperSonics. "We'll see what it's like [Monday]," Jackson said after the team went through a video session and light workout at its practice facility. O'Neal underwent therapy and was not available to reporters.
July 12, 2005 |
Shaquille O'Neal -- "Dr. Shaq," as he wants to be known in the near future -- will be back in town tonight, almost a year to the day after he became a former Laker. He is back for business of a different type -- as host of an auto show in Hollywood -- but a return to the city he captivated for most of eight seasons rarely comes without his thoughts on all things basketball, past, present and future.
March 30, 1997 |
Talk about the light at the end of the tunnel. The Lakers made their sighting Saturday afternoon, with Robert Horry and Shaquille O'Neal both at practice again, even if it was at different levels. Horry went through his first full workout, two hours of scrimmages and drills at the Forum while pointing to, but not guaranteeing, a Tuesday return against Seattle.
September 7, 2002 |
Shaquille O'Neal was found Friday to be rid of the virus that gripped him for most of the past month, and so was cleared to undergo surgery on his arthritic big toe Wednesday at UCLA Medical Center. Doctors told O'Neal's agent, Perry Rogers, that blood tests administered this week were normal. O'Neal had twice been admitted into an Orlando-area hospital to be treated for high body temperatures and other complications, including a swollen liver. Dr.
February 27, 2001 |
In the eight games played after recovering from his strained right arch, Shaquille O'Neal has averaged 31.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and three blocked shots. He is shooting 59% from the floor and 54.9% from the free-throw line. If those sound a lot like his numbers of last season, they are. He averaged 29.7 points and 13.6 rebounds in his most-valuable-player season, the Lakers' championship season.
October 10, 1993 |
It appears that Shaquille O'Neal, the superstar center for the Orlando Magic, will not be a member of the next U.S. Olympic basketball team because of a conflict between sponsors. O'Neal's refusal to sign a standard player contract has excluded him from a chance to play on the U.S. national team, which will play next summer in Toronto in the World Championships. Members of the team are required to sign an agreement that allows the NBA and sponsors to market the team.
February 23, 2003 |
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into Staples Center.... We keep thinking we've seen it all and the Lakers keep showing us we haven't. Take the last 10 days, when it became evident they're not doing their 2001 scenario, where they suddenly wake up and win the rest of their games. Instead, their winning streak came to a screeching halt, Shaquille O'Neal left and Phil Jackson chided him for "Ming-itis."
June 16, 2013 |
Phil Jackson coached Shaquille O'Neal with the Lakers. In his playing days, Jackson was occasionally charged with guarding Wilt Chamberlain. Jackson compared the two legendary centers Wednesday night in Glendale at the Alex Theatre at his "Live Talks Los Angeles" event. "Shaquille didn't have quite the same athleticism that Wilt had," said Jackson. "He had the bounce and he had the speed, but he didn't have the endurance. " As detailed in his memoir, "Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success," Jackson told O'Neal that Chamberlain's greatest accomplishment came in the 1961-62 season when he averaged 48.5 minutes a game.
March 13, 2012 |
In an effort perhaps to sharpen his recently poor putting, Tiger Woods appears to have contacted an unlikely source. Shaq Fu. A new commercial promoting Tiger Woods' PGA Tour 13 features Shaquille O'Neal and Woods mimicking classic kung fu films, including awkward voice dubbing and endless kung fu moves. Based on O'Neal's free-throw shooting history, it's likely the former Lakers center adopts Happy Gilmore's game: tremendous driving power and unreliable putting. So it's unclear if such an approach would actually help.