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The crew from Inside the NBA -- Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal -- didn't hold back with their thoughts. Barkley said during the postgame show a minimum of five games would be warranted, but believes the league should consider 10. O'Neal and Smith both said five was the proper number. "What Kendrick Perkins and J.R. Smith did was bush league," Barkley said. "You can't just go around hitting people in the face. It was like watching a boxing match. Your knee doesn't collapse like that." Cleveland Plain Dealer

April 26, 2015 Updates

NBA commissioner Adam Silver told ESPN.com that he expects the league to have "full-throated conversations" this summer about potentially implementing rules to eliminate the Hack-a-Shaq strategy from the game. Silver acknowledged the strategy of intentionally fouling poor free throw shooters -- which originally started against retired superstar center Shaquille O'Neal -- is not enjoyable to watch. However, he expressed the need for caution when considering changing the rules of the game. "It's something that I'm on the fence about," Silver told ESPN.com minutes before tipoff of Friday night's Game 3 in the Dallas Mavericks-Houston Rockets series. ESPN.com

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FTW: Speaking of roasting, and this is just my opinion — the current state of trash talking in the NBA seems to have slipped from the golden era of the 1990s. Do you think it’s fallen? Seems to me there’s more trash talk on the set of Inside the NBA than there is on the actual court. Shaquille O’Neal: Trash talking has slipped 60%. I know a lot of the players are worried about getting fined, but for me, growing up, you had to trash talk. I didn’t play against kids, I played against guys on the army base. Gary Payton — one of the world’s greatest trash talkers — grew up in Oakland, the mean streets of Oakland. But they say lot of the legends were great trash talkers. I was talking to Isiah [Thomas] once and he said Larry Bird was an unbelievable trash talker. Like Larry Bird used to say stuff like, “I’m gonna take one dribble, pump-fake you and even if you don’t go for it, I’m going to shoot it the second time and it’s going to be all net.” And he’d do it. For The Win

April 4, 2015 Updates

Retired basketball star Shaquille O’Neal has succeeded in having a defamation lawsuit in Michigan dismissed over a lack of jurisdiction. The former sportsman was slapped with legal papers last summer after allegedly mocking Jahmel Binion, who suffers from genetic disorder hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia, on social media by making disparaging comments about his looks in a ’selfie’ he had posted online, which depicted the male with facial deformities, patchy hair growth and missing teeth, which are all symptoms of his rare condition. Toronto Sun

A young center with All-Star potential, Nik Vucevic knows enough Magic history to realize the franchise's two best big men left town and broke hearts. Vucevic, 24, is determined not to follow the footsteps of Shaquille O'Neal and Dwight Howard out of Orlando. "Yeah, I'm here for the long haul. I hope to stay here my whole career," he told me. "I love it here. I really love the city. I've improved here a lot as a player. I'd love to stay for a long, long time and make something special happen. "If it takes years, it takes years … I ain't going anywhere." Orlando Sentinel

March 27, 2015 Updates

What if, after spending the first four seasons of his NBA career with the Orlando Magic, he hadn't signed a free-agent deal to join the Los Angeles Lakers in 1996? "Knowing what I know now, I would've stayed," O'Neal said. "I would've stayed and fulfilled my seven years and then looked at it differently after my seventh year." Orlando Sentinel

O'Neal was 24 years old when he spurned the Magic in favor of the Lakers. "It was all business," O'Neal said. "Do I regret it? I never fully answered. I regret it sometimes. This is where I started, where I should've stayed. I actually wish that they [had] made it a law that whoever drafted you, you've got to stay there your whole career. No trades. No nothing. No free agency. No anything like that. Do I regret it? I regret it only because the DeVos family, they deserve a couple [of NBA titles]." Orlando Sentinel

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The Orlando Magic are inducting Shaquille O'Neal into the team's Hall of Fame. The Magic announced O'Neal's addition Thursday. He will be honored on March 27 when the Magic host the Detroit Pistons. The perennial All-Star and No. 1 overall draft pick in 1992 becomes the third inductee into the Magic Hall. O'Neal joins Magic co-founder Pat Williams and the Magic's first-ever draft pick Nick Anderson, who made up the inaugural class in 2014. NBA.com

The Orlando Magic will induct perennial NBA All-Star Shaquille O’Neal into its Hall of Fame March 27, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. in Amway Center, near the Nutrilite Magic Fan Experience. O’Neal becomes the third inductee into the Magic Hall of Fame. In addition to the induction ceremony, O’Neal will be honored that night during the Magic’s matchup vs. Detroit. Tickets to the game are available through www.orlandomagic.com or by calling 1-800-4-NBATIX. NBA.com

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