HoopsHype Shaquille O'Neal rumors

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Jimmy Goldstein: As the years went by, my attachment to the Hawks waned, but my anti-Lakers sentiment became more firmly entrenched for a number of reasons. First, I usually pull for the underdog in any sports competition, and the Lakers were getting to The Finals or winning championships far too often for me. I like it when a different team becomes a title contender each year. Secondly, I didn't like it that the Lakers were able to attract so many superstars away from other teams. I like level competition, and the Lakers upset league balance with players like Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O'Neal, and many others leaving their teams to live in Los Angeles. (Wilt and I became good friends, and he once told me of his displeasure over my pulling for the opposition, but nothing changed.) NBA.com

August 21, 2013 Updates

Retired NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal didn’t come down on either side of the NBA debate of a team in Las Vegas when we asked him about it during his weekend appearance at Azure Luxury Pool at the Palazzo. We asked if he thought our town could in reality support an NBA franchise. His answer: “I would say yes and no. From the NBA business side, you don’t want to support gambling on sports. That’s what most people are afraid of. It happens in Vegas because it’s legal in Vegas, but we don’t want people doing that so much. “The other thing on the NBA side is this is such a touristy town. All the Vegas people don’t live on the Strip; they live out. So once you have three or four marquee names who can support an arena, who can get people to not want to gamble, not do day parties, not go here and go to the game I think would be beneficial to any owner who owns a team. Las Vegas Sun

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The Kings' big man, entering his fourth season, said he'd love the opportunity to work with one of the greatest centers of all time, Shaquille O'Neal. After meeting Kings principal owner Vivek Ranadive last month, O'Neal pledged to help "make DeMarcus Cousins the best big man in the game." That's fine with Cousins, but he's still waiting to connect with O'Neal. "I have not heard from Shaq at all," Cousins said. "Not a tweet, DM (direct message), nothing." Sacramento Bee

Cousins is more skilled away from the basket than O'Neal, but the retired star could help Cousins develop more skills around the rim and improve his career shooting percentage of 44.8. "I would be open to it," Cousins said. "But I have not heard from him." Sacramento Bee

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"I'm going with the Nets right now, over the Knicks -- all day, every day," Shaquille O'Neal said Thursday. "[Jason] Kidd's a great guy, he's a great leader. I'm anxious to see when things get tough how the guys are going to respond. "It's a dangerous lineup. I was thinking about it on the way over here." Newsday

July 11, 2013 Updates

Kobe Bryant might still be months away from being able to run and jump following Achilles surgery in April, but there is an ardent supporter in Bryant's corner who swears that he'll come all the way back and then some. Dwight Howard chose to go far, far away from Bryant, but Shaquille O'Neal has come back around to offer his full support to his former teammate. "Kobe's a tough competitor," O'Neal said on a conference call Wednesday to promote his involvement in Adam Sandler's new movie, "Grown Ups 2," which opens in theaters Friday. "He loves when everyone doubts him. Of course at (almost) 35, they're saying he's done, but Kobe will show the world that he can play at a high level until he's 40. I know with the rehab, he's probably only supposed to do it once a day. I know for a fact he's doing it twice, if not three times a day. He tells everybody he's coming back in December, but if he could, he would like to be ready at the start of the season. That's how much he's going to push this thing to try to get to 100 percent." ESPN.com

One of Bryant's former teammates, Shaquille O'Neal, doesn't think the injury or the loss of Howard will slow down the Lakers' star. "Kobe's a tough competitor," O'Neal said during a conference call Wednesday to promote his new movie, "Grown Ups 2." "He loves when everyone doubts him. Of course at [almost] 35, they're saying he's done, but Kobe will show the world that he can play at a high level until he's 40." ESPN.com

Just like Lakers fans will always remember Bryant going to the floor untouched after trying to drive past the Golden State Warriors' Harrison Barnes, O'Neal's injury is still burned into his head. "I actually slightly tore it four weeks before that," O'Neal said. "(Celtics coach) Doc (Rivers) and (Celtics general manager) Danny Ainge were gracious enough to let me sit out a couple weeks and I came back, I was feeling good and then when I was running it felt like I got shot in the back of my leg. Then when I tried to step down, I didn't feel nothing. Then, even then, I still didn't get surgery. I still didn't get it checked. I was like, 'Please just shoot it up, let me just try.' Then I came back two weeks later and I couldn't do it. That's probably when I went home after I retired, I knew it was time. I had to get surgery." ESPN.com

When O'Neal was finished looking back, he turned his sights to the murky future ahead for his former team in the Los Angeles Lakers. "If everyone is healthy, everyone is playing at a high level, they'll make the playoffs," O'Neal said. "The question is, is (general manager) Mitch Kupchak going to round this thing out or is he going to do the Danny Ainge thing and just say, 'You know what? We'll just blow this thing up and prepare for the future.' That's the real big question." ESPN.com

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While historic free agent steals like Miami landing LeBron James or Shaquille O'Neal heading to the Lakers have been central to two of the most dominant teams in the last two decades, research shows free agency is by far the least likely way to get yourself a star. Of the last 300 All-NBA team selections, only 30 (10 percent) involved players that arrived to their teams as free agents. The number pales in comparison to the amount of All-NBA teamers acquired via trade (74 players, 24.6 percent) or draft (196, 65.3). HoopsHype

July 1, 2013 Updates

On Friday night, that nickname gained new meaning, as Dr. O’Neal announced plans to open a children’s hospital in Baton Rouge. It was a spur of the moment declaration from Dr. O’Neal, who was addressing the media ahead of his induction into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 29. “I wasn’t supposed to announce this, but I’m going to do it anyway,” Dr. O’Neal said. “I had a talk with the powers that be in Baton Rouge, and my plan is to build a Shaquille O’Neal children’s hospital. That’s my plan, so that right now is in the works, and hopefully it gets done. ” Dr. O’Neal said the idea has been discussed for two years, and his goal is to join with Our Lady of the Lake “to build the biggest, freest hospital in the state of Louisiana.” “All sick children can come for free,” he said. “That’s my vision.” TigerRag.com

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