HoopsHype Shaquille O'Neal rumors

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Former LSU center Shaquille O’Neal, Duke forward Grant Hill and former Maryland coach Gary Williams were named to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Also elected by a eight-person committee were Zelmo Beaty of Prairie A&M, Darrell Griffith of Louisville, former LSU coach Dale Brown, Five-Star Basketball Camp founder Howard Garfinkel and former Stetson coach, author and clinic director Glenn Wilkes Sr. Basketball Insiders

March 25, 2014 Updates

It’s no secret that Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant were not on the best of terms for much of their time together with the Los Angeles Lakers. Both of them have said that numerous times over the years, and Phil Jackson recently blamed Shaq’s work ethic for the demise of their early-2000s dynasty. Bryant echoes this sentiment in a new interview with the New Yorker: “It used to drive me crazy that he was so lazy,” Bryant told me. “You got to have the responsibility of working every single day. You can’t skate through (expletive).” For The Win

Shaquille O'Neal is the subject of an open assault investigation by police in Atlanta after an incident his lawyer described as "horseplay" in which a co-worker was injured last year. No charges have been filed by local police over the event, which according to a police report is alleged to have occurred May 9 and first reported to police July 2. According to Robert Williams, a co-worker of O'Neal's at Turner Studios, for whom O'Neal is an NBA analyst, the 15-time All-Star "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," the police report says. Williams said Turner Security was made aware of the incident within a day. "The investigation was initially handled by the zone and as that investigation deepened, it was transferred (to) the complex case squad," Atlanta police Sgt. Greg Lyon said, according to WSB TV in Atlanta. "At the conclusion of their investigation, we'll have their findings and we'll go forth from there, whether charges will be filed, whether it (will) be reviewed by the DA's Office." ESPN.com

March 24, 2014 Updates

Channel 2 Action News has learned former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal is under investigation by the Atlanta Police Department for an alleged assault. Channel 2’s Ryan Young obtained a police report detailing the incident, but so far, O’Neal has not been charged with anything. WSB Channel 2

“(The co-worker) alleged Shaquille O’Neal tackled him to the ground causing injury to his back while they were at work at Turner Studios,” said Sgt. Greg Lyon with the Atlanta Police Department. The incident took place on May 19 at the studios located at Techwood Drive and 10th Street. Robert Williams went to the Atlanta Police Department and said that Shaq tackle-punched him, knocking him down and falling on top of him. Sources told Young that Williams suffered serious injuries. “I don’t know the extent of his injury, but I have heard that as well, that his injuries were severe to his back,” Lyon said. WSB Channel 2

O’Neal’s attorney, Dennis Roach, sent a statement about the incident saying, “This was nothing more than horseplay. No one intended for anyone to get injured.” Young went to Williams’ home Monday afternoon to ask him about the incident but no one answered the door. WSB Channel 2

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Shaquille O’Neal, who was one of the first verified users on Twitter, confessed at SXSW that he’s a huge geek. Shaq says that he’s online all the time, and he spends a ridiculous amount of money on apps. “I probably spend $1,000 on apps a week,” Shaq told the Wall Street Journal’s Evelyn Rusli. “Last week I bought like 20 deer hunter games… I’m just a geek. When I’m not working, I spend all my money on apps.” For The Win

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Shaq is looking for help making his video game dream come true. The retired center-turned-TNT analyst is teaming up a video production company and IndieGogo to raise money to bring back Shaq Fu, the entirely bizarre video game that he starred in when he was 22. “I don’t think it was the worst,” O’Neal told the Associated Press. “When you talk about the worst, you’ve got to talk about sales. I actually sold a lot of games, but when I did the first ‘Shaq-Fu,’ that was at the end of analog right before digital came out. It wasn’t a bad game. It wasn’t a good game, but it wasn’t awful.” For The Win

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Allen Iverson had a memorable career for many things on the court, but perhaps nothing defined his career off the court more than his rant about practice in 2002. 12 years later, he brought it back for a perfect performance in a Reebok commercial that premiered earlier this week. In the spot, Shaq and Shawn Kemp are in a barber shop talking about pants of the past and present when Iverson spins around in a chair. “Pants?” he asks, with the same incredulousness that he said “Practice?” in his original rant. “We talking about pants? Not the game but pants? How silly is that. Old man, take this cape off, I’m out of here. We talking about pants?” For The Win

February 27, 2014 Updates

Grant was on the B.S. Report with Bill Simmons earlier this week and spoke about his glory days with the Bulls and those Magic teams. While there was an ego struggle between O'Neal and Anfernee Hardaway simmering, Grant said he believed O'Neal was ultimately going to stay in Orlando. Then he missed a phone call. He called me, and I didn't return his call, before he signed with the Lakers. And to this day, I wish I had just answered that call, and maybe he still would have been in Orlando. I heard about it and saw it on the news, and it was like Mike Tyson hit me. You cannot recover from a guy that size, in his prime, that dominant to think you are going to win a championship. Absolutely not. Orlando Magic Daily

February 11, 2014 Updates

Former NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal and Peerless Clothing Inc. partnered to create a new fashion menswear collection launching exclusively at Macy’s stores. The Shaquille O’Neal collection will be available at 100 Macy’s stores nationwide and on macys.com starting mid-February. The line includes suit separates and sport coats that range from regular to Big & Tall. Patterns include traditional solids, stripes and plaids, as well as sharkskin in shades of black, navy, tan and grey. Items in the collection will retail from $150 for pants to $400 for a jacket, with sizes going up to 60XL. Business News

February 9, 2014 Updates

When center Shaquille O’Neal left the Lakers, it was blamed on his poor relationship with Kobe Bryant. He begs to differ. “We didn’t have a bad relationship because we won three out of four championships,” he told TNT. “That’s not a bad relationship at all. It was a money situation. I was getting older. They wanted me to take less money and I wasn’t going to do that, so they traded me to Miami. It doesn’t matter how many fights or scuffles we had. We’re the best one-two punch ever created.” News-Herald

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A Chinese real estate company called MyTown had lured Shaq to Chongqing — along with former NBA point guard Jason “White Chocolate” Williams — for a two-day publicity visit and exhibition game against a local Chinese professional team. The company had hired me to be Shaq’s translator. My first instructions from the Chinese bosses were straightforward: 1) find Shaq when he got off the plane; 2) hand him a bouquet of roses so large that I could barely hold them. When Shaq arrived, his posse walking closely behind, I tried to present him with the portable garden I was carrying. “You got a girlfriend?” were his first words, asked in his famous, woofer-rattling monotone. “No,” I responded. “Good. Then you’ll need these more than I do.” News-Herald

The main event was a basketball game in Chongqing’s largest professional sports arena. I arrived early with Shaq and his crew, including his security chief, Jerome Cohen, and his agent, Perry Rogers. Together, we polished off six medium pizzas from Pizza Hut. I did not see Shaq so much as sample a single Chinese dish during his visit, though he did repeatedly ask me if I could find him a restaurant that served dog. Shaq’s other odd requests included going to a hookah bar and finding high-quality, knock-off women’s bags. (That said, he has a good poker face and I was never sure whether he was joking.) News-Herald

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