Entries in Shaquille O'Neal (9)


Shaq "Sometimes" Regrets Leaving Magic

ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Shaquille O'Neal was inducted into the Orlando Magic's Hall of Fame Friday.

O'Neal was selected with the first pick of the 1992 NBA Draft by the Magic and played his first four seasons in Orlando. During that time, he led the Magic to a berth in the 1995 NBA Finals.

Shaq ultimately decided to leave Orlando for the bright lights of Los Angeles. While he won three titles with the Lakers, he still wonders if he should have ever left the home of Mickey Mouse.

"Do I regret it? I never fully answer it," O'Neal said of leaving Orlando. "I regret it sometimes. Is this where I started and should have stayed? I actually wish they made it a law that whoever drafts you, you gotta stay there your whole career."

O'Neal also believes that 1995 Finals team, which also featured Penny Hardaway and Nick Anderson, could have returned to the NBA's biggest stage.

"That's why I kind of regret it, because we had a young, fabulous team," O'Neal said. "We really did. And it's a shame that we got torn apart. But I think about that all the time. I try not to live my life now on 'ifs' or 'would've, should've,' but do I regret leaving here in '96, yes I do."

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Shaquille O'Neal Buys Minority Stake in the Kings

STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former NBA All-Star Shaquille O'Neal has bought a minority share of the Sacremento Kings, reports's Brian Windhorst.

O'Neal will be introduced as a member of the team's new ownership group on Tuesday.

"What interested me in this deal is the new vision, the new Kings, the new everything," O'Neal told USA TODAY Sports in a phone interview on Monday. "I've always wanted to be part of something like this. ...It's going to be great."

O'Neal has been communicating with new owner Vivek Ranadive throughout the summer after Ranadive asked him to mentor big man DeMarcus Cousins.

O'Neal once called the team the "Sacramento Queens" after a grueling seven game Western Conference Finals series in 2002.

Already aboard for the new Kings makeover is new general manager Pete D'Alessandro, new coach Mike Malone and Hall of Famer Chris Mullin as an advisor.

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Shaquille O'Neal Calls Out Dwight Howard

ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) -- Now that Dwight Howard has decided to sign with the Houston Rockets, there has been no shortage of reaction. But perhaps the harshest criticism of Howard has come from none other than Shaquille O'Neal.

Howard was deciding between the Rockets, Lakers, Mavericks, Hawks, and Warriors, but ultimately chose to sign with Houston. O'Neal, who was speaking at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, felt the need to voice his opinion on Howard.

"It was expected," O'Neal said. "We've all been in L.A., not a whole lot of people can handle being under the bright lights. Everybody wants to do it, but when you get there, there are certain pressures. I think it was a safe move for him to go to a little town like Houston. That's right, little town. I said it."

Howard spent just one season in Los Angeles and it did not go as planned. The team was expected to contend for a championship, but instead they crawled to the 8th seed in the Western Conference and were swept out of first round at the hand of the San Antonio Spurs.

Even though Howard has a tough season in LA, he still managed to lead the NBA in rebounding.

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Shaquille O'Neal Won't Be Playing In Mexican League

Jesse Grat/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- There were reports last week that former NBA center Shaquille O'Neal might suit up for the Mexican League. Shaq is denying those reports.

"No truth to that," O'Neal told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "Its kind of unfortunate that so-called experts have to get their sources from the Internet. Its backwards. Especially when people from ESPN know me and they can call me and ask me, but somebody else said it so they want to be the first to report it even though its not true."

Considered by many to be one of the greatest centers of all time, O'Neal last played for the Boston Celtics during the 2010-2011 season. He appeared in a career-low 37 games because of various injuries.

During his stellar career, O'Neal averaged 23.7 points and 10.9 rebounds per game for the Magic, Lakers, Heat, Suns, Cavaliers, and Celtics.

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Shaq May Play in Mexico

Jesse Grant/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Shaquille O'Neal may be heading to Mexico.

The 15-time NBA All-Star is in talks with Sergio Ganem, president of the Fuerza Regia team from the Mexican League, to play a few games, Ganem said Wednesday.

O'Neal received an invitation to play in August, when he was doing some social work at a community center for youth in wheelchairs, in Monterrey.

O'Neal, 40, last played professional basketball in 2011 as a member of the Boston Celtics.

In 2004, Fuerza Regia brought in Dennis Rodman for two games.

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Shaquille O'Neal Declines Invitation To Magic GM Job

ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) -- The man with too many nicknames to mention could have had another one on the way but instead declined the Orlando Magic general manager job that is currently vacant.

Reports were that the former all-star center Shaquille O'Neal could be headed back to Orlando, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard on Thursday.

But after reports, O'Neal decided he would stay put in his current career.

"When I first heard about the vacancy for the Orlando Magic general manager position, I was clearly intrigued," O'Neal said in a statement Thursday. "I was drafted by the Magic, I have a great love for the franchise, and I have made the city of Orlando my home. Additionally, I have great admiration and respect for the DeVos family."

O'Neal is currently a NBA analyst for TNT.

"However, this is not a job I have an interest in pursuing. I feel very fortunate to be with TNT and to have the best job in sports. I look forward to many more years with Charles (Barkley), Kenny (Smith) and E.J. (Ernie Johnson). I wish the best for the Magic and I am confident that they will select a great GM and coach."

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Jeremy Lin Added To NBA All-Star Weekend

New York Knicks/NBA(NEW YORK) -- New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin has been added to the Rising Stars game at All-Star Weekend in Orlando.

After pressure to add Lin for his spectacular play in the last two weeks, NBA Commissioner David Stern made the announcement that Lin would indeed be added.

Sources with knowledge of the situation told that Lin will also be helping out his teammate Iman Shumpert in the Dunk Contest.

A league source Thursday also confirmed a New York Daily News report that the NBA will make Lin part of the field for the Haier Shooting Stars competition during All-Star Saturday night.

Lin was the third pick, chosen by Shaquille O'Neal in the draft for the Rising Stars game. 

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Lakers to Retire Shaquille O'Neal's Jersey

STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The man with too many nicknames to count -- Shaq, Superman, The Big Shaqtus and The Big Daddy among others -- will have his No. 34 jersey retired and lifted into the rafters of the Staples Center.

The Los Angeles Lakers announced on Thursday that former center Shaquille O'Neal will have his number retired sometime next season, but a specific date will not be planned until the NBA releases the 2012-13 schedule this summer.

After a 19-year Hall of Fame-worthy NBA career, O’Neal will have to think of another nickname for his jersey's retirement.

During O’Neal’s eight seasons in Los Angeles (1996-2004), the Lakers made the Finals four times, winning three championships. He also led the league in scoring while being named regular season MVP in 1999-00.

He’ll be the eighth player in Lakers franchise history to have his jersey retired, joining Jerry West (No. 44), James Worthy (No. 42), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (No. 33), Magic Johnson (No. 32), Gail Goodrich (No. 25), Elgin Baylor (No. 22), and Wilt Chamberlain (No. 13).

It wasn’t always a perfect relationship for O’Neal with former teammate Kobe Bryant during his days in Los Angeles, but Bryant said after the Lakers Thursday night win in Boston that this was well deserved.

Only one question remains, what will the next nickname be for O’Neal? “The Big Rafter”?

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Shaq On Lockout: Fans "Really Missing Out"

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The 2011-12 NBA season appears to be in jeopardy after locked-out players rejected the league's latest offer on Monday and vowed to decertify as a union.

Former NBA center Shaquille O'Neal, who retired earlier this year, knows NBA fans are getting impatient.

“They’re the only one that really misses out in this," Shaq told ABC News Radio.  "You know, nobody really knows all the issues but it’s painted as billionaires versus millionaires.  For a regular person, millionaires is a lot, and for a regular person, billionaires is even more, so it depends on how they look at it.  But, you know, we’ve already wasted enough time.”

Shaq admitted he did not know all of the issues surrounding the current work stoppage but said he was "heavily involved" in the last lockout of 1998-99, when the season was shortened to 50 games.

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