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Turner Sports says its “Inside the NBA” studio team will call a Christmas night game in Los Angeles along with its other usual duties. Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson will be at Staples Center for the Lakers’ game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. They will call the nightcap of the league’s five-game holiday schedule in addition to their regular pregame, halftime and postgame coverage.
Stacy Sager: There’s a shoe store here in Atlanta that all the athletes go to called Friedman’s, and Shaq would often get his shoes there because, you know, he’s size 22 or whatever it is. They have to be customized. We lived in Atlanta, so Craig would shop there as well, and before Craig had a trip to Orlando or L.A. or wherever he’d be seeing Shaq play, he would tell Friedman’s to get some Shaq shoes ready. Then Craig would physically carry these shoes, sometimes two or three pairs, with him on the road, and hand them to Shaq wherever they met up. Shaq would look at each pair Craig picked out and would be like, “Yep, I want that one,” or “Nope, don’t want that one,” and so on. Then Craig would take the rejects back to Atlanta. They did this for years.
Shaquille O’Neal: I would simplify it for them. I would do what one of my friends did to me. I would take a $100 bill and rip it in half. And I’d say “$50, don’t even look at it. Don’t look at it.” Now, this other $50 you can play with. Do whatever you want. But if you’re smart, you’ll rip this $50 up and you save that. And now this $25, do whatever you want. You want a house, 10,000 square feet? Do it. You want cars? Do it, but keep it right here. If my son makes it to the NBA, that’s exactly what I’m gonna tell him.
Ever wondered what Shaquille O’Neal’s name meant? If you didn’t know the story, you will now: Shaq will appear on Saturday’s episode of Oprah’s Master Class on OWN, and in this exclusive clip, O’Neal explains where his name comes from: “My mother is my best friend. My mother had me when she was very young. Her mother was so religious that when she had me out of wedlock, the family kind of turned a cold shoulder. We were alone for a while, just going from place to place. … “One day I finally asked my mother, I said, ‘We have Brians and Kennys and Mikes and Gregs in our family, why did you name me Shaquille?’ She said, ‘I wanted to name you something that meant something.’ “My name is Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal. Shaquille is an Islamic name that means ‘little,’ Rashaun means ‘warrior.’ She said, ‘You’re my little warrior. I’ve fought with you, I’ve fought for you.'”
Ranking in the MVP vote through the years: Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and LeBron James.