March 15, 2002 |
It seemed to make about as much sense as stealing a bear's honey, pulling a pit bull's tail or stomping on Mike Tyson's foot. But when your team has won only 17 games and another victory is slipping away to the Lakers, what do you have to lose? So Golden State Warrior Danny Fortson did the unthinkable Thursday night at The Arena in Oakland. He attacked Shaquille O'Neal. Got him in a head lock. Threw him to the floor. Challenged him to a fight.
January 19, 2002
I'm really moved by the outpouring of sympathy for Shaquille O'Neal. He has been wronged for so long, yet we are only now beginning to take notice. Afghan women oppressed by the Taliban had it easy--just look at the grueling existence this man leads. First, the poor guy is genetically cursed with a combination of size and athleticism never seen. What a raw deal. Second, as a grown man, Shaq has had to endure the stress and rigor of being paid nearly $200 million to play a game at which he is immensely talented.
June 6, 2000 |
Well, they have to start somewhere. The Pacers have begun trying to figure out how they're going to cover Shaquille O'Neal, who outscored their center, Rik Smits, 53-12, in two regular-season meetings. "He's the best player in the game," Mark Jackson said. "We'll watch him and break it down and come up with something." Good luck.
November 11, 1999 |
It was double-feature night at the NBA Fight Club on Wednesday: Shaquille O'Neal vs. Charles Barkley, for the league heavyweight championship. The Lakers vs. the Houston Rockets, for a middleweight regular-season NBA victory. Neither contest was pretty, but O'Neal got a draw and the Lakers won on points, 89-88.
June 8, 1999 |
Larry Holmes and James "Bonecrusher" Smith fought for the heavyweight boxing championship 15 years ago. On June 18 they are having a rematch in Fayetteville, N.C. Holmes, 49, is not lacking in confidence. "As much older as I've gotten, one thing I've noticed about myself is that I haven't lost but one step," he said. "The left hand is still as good as ever, and the right hand is about the same as it always has been. I amaze myself sometimes.
February 5, 1997 |
What are the Lakers without Shaquille O'Neal? Nothing. Playing without O'Neal, sidelined because of a sprained ligament in his right knee, and guard Byron Scott, out with a bruised right knee, the Lakers looked woefully inadequate. The Clippers built a 26-point, fourth-quarter lead and handed the Lakers their first loss in seven games, 108-86, Tuesday night before a sellout of 18,462 at the Pond of Anaheim. "I have no excuses," Laker Coach Del Harris said. "They outplayed us, it's that simple.