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March 25, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant said that former Lakers center, and four-time NBA champion, Shaquille O'Neal was lazy. "It used to drive me crazy that he was so lazy," said Bryant of O'Neal to the New Yorker .  "You got to have the responsibility of working every single day. " Bryant and O'Neal won three titles together with the Lakers before the team sent O'Neal in trade to the Miami Heat in 2004, where he won his fourth title in 2006. The Lakers and Bryant won two additional titles without O'Neal, after acquiring center-forward Pau Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies in 2008.
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March 25, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Shaquille O'Neal is being investigated by Atlanta police in connection with the alleged assault of a co-worker at Turner Studios last year. The "NBA on TNT" analyst, who won three championships with the Lakers and another with the Miami Heat, has been accused of tackle-punching Robert Williams at the studio on May 9, 2013, according to the police report. "Shaquille O'Neal ran out of a room and hit me with a tackle punch to the back knocking me down and falling on top of me injuring my neck and back," Williams told police, according to the report.
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March 13, 2012 | By Mark Medina
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.
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March 25, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant said that former Lakers center, and four-time NBA champion, Shaquille O'Neal was lazy. "It used to drive me crazy that he was so lazy," said Bryant of O'Neal to the New Yorker .  "You got to have the responsibility of working every single day. " Bryant and O'Neal won three titles together with the Lakers before the team sent O'Neal in trade to the Miami Heat in 2004, where he won his fourth title in 2006. The Lakers and Bryant won two additional titles without O'Neal, after acquiring center-forward Pau Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies in 2008.
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April 3, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
The moment was perfect. The jersey wasn't. On Tuesday night the Lakers retired Shaquille O'Neal's jersey, but they overlooked one not-so-minor detail: O'Neal's name is stretched across the front of a Lakers home jersey instead of the back. "The oversight will be corrected and a new jersey put up as soon as possible," Lakers spokesman John Black said Wednesday. PHOTOS: Lakers retire Shaquille O'Neal's No. 34 jersey A close look at O'Neal's jersey reveals a V-shape neckline associated with the front as opposed to the more rounded one for the back like the other jerseys around hung at Staples Center for Lakers legends Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Gail Goodrich and Jamaal Wilkes.
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April 2, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Shaquille O'Neal will have number 34 jersey retired on Tuesday night at Staples Center as the Lakers host the Dallas Mavericks. On Monday night, former teammate Brian Shaw said he's excited for O'Neal. "He deserves it.  He's a big part of the Laker tradition," said Shaw, the associate head coach of the Indiana Pacers.  "He was directly responsible for a lot of that.  I couldn't be happier for him. " Although O'Neal left the Lakers somewhat contentiously in 2004 after winning three titles with the team (eventually even becoming a Boston Celtic)
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April 3, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Before Shaquille O'Neal's jersey was retired Tuesday, he took a few digs at the current Lakers' big man. O'Neal was asked whether he thinks that Kobe Bryant will win another championship before he retires. His response was aimed directly at Howard. "I hope they will, but I'm a big-man guy," O'Neal said. "The other guy needs to step into his own. " O'Neal went on to say that he'd like to see Howard average 28 points and 10 rebounds a game.  "That's the number that was thrown in my face, 28 and 10, so that's the number I'm always going to throw in his face," O'Neal said.  After the Lakers beat the Dallas Mavericks, Dwight Howard was told about some of O'Neal's comments.
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June 1, 2011 | Jerry Crowe
As a 39-year-old this spring, Shaquille O'Neal was a broken-down shell of his former self, leading to the hardly surprising announcement Wednesday that he is retiring. … As a 39-year-old in the spring of 1986, the more fitness-conscious Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was first-team All-NBA. … He played three more seasons. … The Dallas Mavericks, five years later, still haven't found a way to corral Dwyane Wade in the NBA Finals. … Even if heat is an anagram of hate and "The Decision" was narcissistic and ill-advised, it's hard to dislike LeBron James & Co. when they play with such ferocity.
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June 2, 2011 | Jerry Crowe
Shaquille O'Neal would have wound up fourth on the NBA's all-time scoring list — ahead of Wilt Chamberlain — if he'd shot free throws like Dirk Nowitzki . … Of course, he didn't come close. … "If I was able to have the game I have and shoot 80% from the line," O'Neal once noted, "I'd probably be an arrogant person rather than a humble one. Everything happens for a reason. " … He shot 53%, missing 5,317 free throws. … Wilt shot 51%, missing 5,805.
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July 17, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
File this one under the Celebrities Under Fire column: Shaquille O'Neal, the retired NBA player, recently announced he was launching a line of low-calorie sodas with Arizona Beverages called Soda Shaq Cream Soda.  But like other celebrities who hawk sodas, O'Neal has come under fire by some consumer groups for promoting sugar-laden soft drinks.  PHOTOS: The strangest business sponsorships The Center for Science in the...
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March 15, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
MVP talk San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich , on Chicago's Joakim Noah being considered a candidate for most valuable player alongside LeBron James and Kevin Durant : "They won't choose him as the MVP, but I think it's great that he's in the conversation and he should be. But it's just not the way it works, from my experience. It's got to go in the basket for you guys [media] to pay attention to somebody. But he's pretty damn valuable in my opinion. " The Big Techie Minority Sacramento Kings owner Shaquille O'Neal , on being a tech nerd: "I probably spend $1,000 on apps a week.
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February 7, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Shaquille O'Neal said the Lakers would have won five titles had he stayed with Kobe Bryant. "Probably five," O'Neal said Thursday on TNT's "Inside Stuff. " "I'm going to go with five or six. " O'Neal won three titles with Bryant and the Lakers in four trips to the NBA Finals. The Lakers traded him to the Miami Heat in 2004. Bryant and O'Neal had a fractured relationship but the former Laker said that wasn't the reason why he left the team. "We didn't have a bad relationship, because we won three out of four championships," O'Neal said.
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November 22, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Shaquille O'Neal certainly knows how to take a fall. And for a guy his size, that's no small feat. Throw in the NBA legend's unique sense of humor, and suddenly what could have been a disaster of epic proportions turns into a bit of can't-miss comedy. Remember this? How about this? And the tumbles haven't stopped now that he's an analyst for TNT. The latest (and greatest) wipeout came Thursday night during halftime of the Clippers' game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
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October 27, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
Nobody wants the party to stop after two consecutive title parades, so you do what you can to keep the confetti on back order. Sometimes it means surrounding your passel of superstars with a veteran beset by questionable knees and a forward who, despite his athletic upside, just doesn't seem to get it. Miami's Greg Oden and Michael Beasley? Well, yes, but it was also the means to a championship for the 2001-02 Lakers, the last NBA team to win a third consecutive title. Those Lakers added Mitch Richmond and Samaki Walker to the core that had partied at 11th and Figueroa the previous two summers.
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September 24, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Shaquille O'Neal used to torment the Sacramento Kings when he was with the Lakers. Now the four-time NBA champion is a partial owner of the Kings. According to Sam Amick of USA Today , O'Neal has purchased a minority stake from owner Vivek Ranadive. "What interested me in this deal is the new vision, the new Kings, the new everything," O'Neal said, according to the newspaper. "I've always wanted to be something like this. " O'Neal and the Lakers beat the Kings each year in their three-title run from 2000-02.
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September 24, 2013 | By Anthony York
The newest partial owner of the Sacramento Kings, Shaquille O'Neal, met with Gov. Jerry Brown in the state Capitol on Monday, a meeting that ended with the former Lakers star hoisting the governor's wife above his head. But more on that later. Clearly the question on everyone's mind when the former Jesuit seminarian and Yale Law School grad met with the man who's dubbed the Big Aristotle: What were they reading? It's a question that may have gone unanswered for the ages if not for a clue offered courtesy of Twitter.
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August 10, 2011 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
A gang kidnapping case three years in the making, in which investigators looked into possible charges against NBA star Shaquille O'Neal, came to an abrupt end Tuesday as a prosecutor conceded that the alleged victim and star witness had credibility problems. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge M.L. Villar de Longoria ordered the case against seven Main Street Crip members dismissed after the prosecutor announced that his office would not proceed with the case. The unraveling of the kidnapping, robbery and assault case over a Feb. 10, 2008, incident revolved around the purported victim in the case, Robert Ross, a convicted felon and former gang member who was a one-time friend of O'Neal's.
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March 25, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Shaquille O'Neal is being investigated by Atlanta police in connection with the alleged assault of a co-worker at Turner Studios last year. The "NBA on TNT" analyst, who won three championships with the Lakers and another with the Miami Heat, has been accused of tackle-punching Robert Williams at the studio on May 9, 2013, according to the police report. "Shaquille O'Neal ran out of a room and hit me with a tackle punch to the back knocking me down and falling on top of me injuring my neck and back," Williams told police, according to the report.
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September 23, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Shaquille O'Neal already seemed about as involved in the NBA as one could get -- a four-time champion, a future Hall of Famer and currently an analyst on TNT. But now he's added another role -- team owner. The former Lakers center has acquired a minority stake in the Sacramento Kings under new owner Vivek Ranadive, the team announced Monday. O'Neal will be formally introduced in Sacramento at a news conference on Tuesday. "What interested me in this deal is the new vision, the new Kings, the new everything," O'Neal told USA Today.
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