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Old 06-01-2011, 06:03 PM
 
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Wow, I had no clue this guy was still playing. I remember when I was like 10 it seemed as if one in three kids had his Orlando Magic jersey or some sort of T-shirt of his. Of course, we were like 10, and we all thought the NBA and WWF wrestling was cool.
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Old 06-01-2011, 08:21 PM
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Will Kobe be at the ceremony when the Lakers retire his jersey?
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Old 06-01-2011, 08:39 PM
 
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True story about Shaq. When he played in L.A., he always had shown appreciation in the media regarding past Laker stars, like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, and particularly George Mikan.

With Mikan, it went further. Shaq got to know Mikan a little better at the NBA's "NBA at 50" celebration back in 1997. George Mikan was probably the first big name and big star the NBA had during his playing days and the NBA's early beginnings (1947 to 1957). In Mikan's last few years of his life, diabetes basically took over, causing a leg amputation and an array of other health problems. When Mikan played, there was no such thing as big money and for that matter any sort of health benefits. Mikan passed in late October in 2005.

What did Shaq do? Took care of the funeral expenses-all of them. And helped the family for a little bit afterwards. Afterwards he simply said, "he's one of the pioneers of this league, the reason we make good money". If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be here."

Classy!
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Old 06-01-2011, 08:43 PM
 
Location: The "Rock"
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True story about Shaq. When he played in L.A., he always had shown appreciation in the media regarding past Laker stars, like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, and particularly George Mikan.

With Mikan, it went further. Shaq got to know Mikan a little better at the NBA's "NBA at 50" celebration back in 1997. George Mikan was probably the first big name and big star the NBA had during his playing days and the NBA's early beginnings (1947 to 1957). In Mikan's last few years of his life, diabetes basically took over, causing a leg amputation and an array of other health problems. When Mikan played, there was no such thing as big money and for that matter any sort of health benefits. Mikan passed in late October in 2005.

What did Shaq do? Took care of the funeral expenses-all of them. And helped the family for a little bit afterwards. Afterwards he simply said, "he's one of the pioneers of this league, the reason we make good money". If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be here."

Classy!

Cool story!!! Say what you want but Shaq REALLY is a good guy...
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Old 06-02-2011, 05:46 AM
 
Location: spring tx
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True story about Shaq. When he played in L.A., he always had shown appreciation in the media regarding past Laker stars, like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, and particularly George Mikan.

With Mikan, it went further. Shaq got to know Mikan a little better at the NBA's "NBA at 50" celebration back in 1997. George Mikan was probably the first big name and big star the NBA had during his playing days and the NBA's early beginnings (1947 to 1957). In Mikan's last few years of his life, diabetes basically took over, causing a leg amputation and an array of other health problems. When Mikan played, there was no such thing as big money and for that matter any sort of health benefits. Mikan passed in late October in 2005.

What did Shaq do? Took care of the funeral expenses-all of them. And helped the family for a little bit afterwards. Afterwards he simply said, "he's one of the pioneers of this league, the reason we make good money". If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be here."

Classy!
i remember that, shaq for all his mouth and the BS he spews some times, is a pretty good guy. he hated living in SA as a kid and said he would never live there, then about 5 yrs in the league he purchased a house in the dominion and has spent a lot of time there.
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Old 06-02-2011, 07:49 AM
 
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Shaq was great for the league and will be missed
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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No more Hack-a-Shaq.
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:58 PM
 
Location: spring tx
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No more Hack-a-Shaq.
yeah but we have howard now to replace him! um hit-a-howard?
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Old 06-02-2011, 11:10 PM
 
Location: So California
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Shaq was so great for the game, both game and personality. He was an unstoppable force, like the league had not seen since Wilt. He was so much more powerful than Dwight Howard who is the one in the league now. I wish he retired two years ago, its been a bad two years.
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Old 06-03-2011, 05:32 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Fantastic article that paints Shaq in a different light.

What might have happened had he stayed with the Lakers? A few more championships maybe?

Shaquille O'Neal and Lakers could have done so much more - Page 2 - latimes.com
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