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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 11:35 am    Post subject: DailyNews: Shaq in L.A. again? Lakers' Jackson would be OK with that

PHOENIX - It certainly wouldn't be the first NBA All-Star game where a bit of craziness broke out. Whenever the NBA's finest get together in early February, zaniness often is the order of the day.

But on Friday, it was the 63-year-old coach in the corner of the room shaking up the desert sands, as Lakers coach Phil Jackson implied that he wouldn't be averse to seeing Shaquille O'Neal take a final dance in a Lakers uniform one day.

"We know that there's always a chance you'll have an opportunity to have a player like that," Jackson said, a wry smile coming across his face. "I was thinking about Robert Parish coming and playing one season with the Chicago Bulls. Playing a limited role, but being an influence on a team when he's 40 years old.

"So, we always say these old crocodiles, these alligators that patrol the lanes, have a long life span. So it would be great to see (O'Neal) back someday and, you know, coaching him."

For months, O'Neal has been writing a rosy revision to his history with the Lakers, sending glowing compliments to Jackson and Kobe Bryant through the media, then chalking up their notorious public feuds to "marketing."

When told of Jackson's comments, O'Neal laughed heartily and said, "He's right," then sent another compliment Jackson's way.

"He (Jackson) was great. He let us do what we did. His thing was, we're winning and we won the championship, so he's not going to mess with it. That's what it was
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There is a chance of course, this is just another marketing campaign. Or, that Jackson was a bit weary from the Lakers' recent travels. He was never wild about the idea of having to be part of the party during this four-day break, after all.

Asked how he felt about signing up for another season after the Lakers played eight games in 13 days, with seven of them on the road, Jackson chuckled a bit, then shook his head.

"You come home from a two-week road trip and you pack your bags for the last time, haul them out to the door, and the guy's taking them down and you wonder, `Can I go through this thing again next year?,"' Jackson said. "That crosses your mind, there's no doubt about it. So that's why I've asked the owner to let me do one year at a time."

Meanwhile, across the room, Jackson's two current All-Stars were holding court for the assembled media, causing much less of a stir.

Well, except for the fact that Kobe Bryant showed up considerably late due to a delay of his morning flight.

During his 18-minute media session, Bryant deflected just about every question pertaining to O'Neal, except to joke that O'Neal "never really knew the triangle."

The Lakers' current center, Pau Gasol, spent most of his time being interviewed by the Spanish media and talking about how excited he was to watch his younger brother Marc play in the rookie-sophomore game on Friday night.

Already, this All-Star experience is shaping up better than his previous trip, to Houston in 2006, when Gasol got the flu and spent most of the weekend in bed.

"So far, so good," Gasol said. "I'm a little sick, but it's just a little cold. Nothing like last time. The trip was tough. Freezing cities and a lot of games. It kind of wears you down. But it's exciting to be here. I've was able to get some rest (Thursday) night, and hopefully some more."

Bryant, who was keeping a noticeably lower profile this year, said his main joy this weekend would come from seeing his friends from the Olympic team again.

"It's a chance to get to see my guys," Bryant said. "Chris Paul, LeBron (James), and D-Wade (Dewyane Wade). We all formed a relationship over the summer, so it's a good opportunity to kind of catch up and just hang out with them."

As for his reunion with his old friend, O'Neal?

"It should be fun," he said. "I think it should be fun."

It already is.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 11:36 am    Post subject:

I wouild bring him off the bench
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 11:41 am    Post subject:


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 11:42 am    Post subject:

do it mitch.

shaq would dominate any backup center in the league. lol
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 11:46 am    Post subject:

I wouldn't want that CANCEROUS, HORRIBLE WORK ETHIC, TRAITOR BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HE WOULD TEACH BYNUM NOTHING BUT HORRIBLE WORK HABITS AND WOULD DIVIDE THE LOCKER ROOM BECAUSE HE IS A FLAT OUT CLOWN!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 11:51 am    Post subject:

wouldn't work these are Kobe's soldiers, he's molded them created a certain work ethic and demeanor, Kobe wouldn't appreciate Shaq's joking when the team needs to be focused.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 11:53 am    Post subject:

jaylen wrote:
wouldn't work these are Kobe's soldiers, he's molded them created a certain work ethic and demeanor, Kobe wouldn't appreciate Shaq's joking when the team needs to be focused.


EXACTLY
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 11:53 am    Post subject:

Too much water under the bridge. No thanks.

Though it'll be pretty funny listening to Shaq slobber all over Kobe and Phil all weekend.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 11:56 am    Post subject:

Do. Not. Want.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 11:58 am    Post subject:

Shaq and Bynum = Unstoppable.

Lamar is playing great basketball though, i would hate to have to give him up.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 11:58 am    Post subject:

Win a title first.

Let his contract run out.

Then sign him for the vet min.

This could be a good thing. I have come to dislike Shaq because of Shaq himself. I'm sure I am not the only one. But I can't help but feel a void somewhere. Somewhere between all the trash talking, and the consecutive championships. A part of me wants (for him) to mend his relationship with everyone in Laker land. That way we can embrace him with all our other great players. Hate him or not, he belongs up in our rafters. I don't want any hard feelings to taint our sacred jerseys every time I look up there.

But like I said....

Win a title, then we can talk turkey.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 12:00 pm    Post subject:

I hope Kobe and Shaq could get over it. I would like for Shaq to come back, I don't think Kobe has forgotten tho..
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 12:02 pm    Post subject:

Legacy wrote:
Win a title first.

Let his contract run out.

Then sign him for the vet min. .



That's the real issue. It's all fine and good for everyone to say, "Sure, we'd love to have Shaq back in L.A." It doesn't mean anything until you get into the money details, playing time, etc.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 12:04 pm    Post subject:

the thought of either Drew or Shaq coming off the BENCH, is just....wow.

Bynum/Shaq
Pau
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Kobe
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2nd unit:

Bynum/Shaq/Pau
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pretty scary if you ask me.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 12:10 pm    Post subject:

El Daddy702 wrote:
Shaq and Bynum = Unstoppable.

Lamar is playing great basketball though, i would hate to have to give him up.


Lamar is fools gold. He is only playing great since Bynum went down and contract year.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 12:34 pm    Post subject:

I'm gonna be sick.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 12:35 pm    Post subject:

Imagine we get him back and win a ring right away. The media will love to bash Kobe and say "see he needs shaq to win ". I don't think I would like that !
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 12:36 pm    Post subject:

At first, when Shaq mentioned that he wanted to come back to LA, I was all for it. HOwever, the more I think about it, and to add, seeing them together in this interview makes me think that it won't work.

Kobe and Shaq look like they still have odd feelings lingering when the past is mentioned. Their acts on camera seem staged...or is it just me?

Kobe is the clear cut leader in the locker room, even over Fisher.
Having Shaq in there would definitely cut into that, i think

even still...shaq being around to teach bynum would be awesome.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 12:36 pm    Post subject:

All fluff, just players and coaches playing with the media, who continue to play the part of a dog running after every ball thrown their way.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 12:38 pm    Post subject:

Was Shaq paying attention to what PJ said?

Limited roles almost 40 years old?

Yeah Shaq. You'd love that I'm sure.

Kobe's right. Shaq never really knew the triangle. Just look at where Gasol is on the floor now playing center.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 12:39 pm    Post subject:

Can someone post this Kobe shaq interview
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 12:43 pm    Post subject:

This would be acceptable under 4 conditions:

1) Sign for the veterans minimum
2) Come to training camp in shape
3) Accept a role as Bynum's backup
4) Recognise that the Lakers are Kobe's team

I wonder if Shaq could handle that?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 12:43 pm    Post subject:

I definitely would want Shaq back if this was the last year of his contract. Unfortunately it is not so if we traded for him, it would be definitely awkward when we have to decide who to bench and who to start.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 12:45 pm    Post subject:

Shaq is not coming to the Lakers under his current contract, the year after next, I think Shaq would come aboard at a diminished role to have a good time and get his 5th while Kobe gets his sixth and Phil completes his 4th three-peat.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 12:51 pm    Post subject:

I couldn't imagine Kobe agreeing to it (and yes, he has a say - contract time is approaching) until he has a title of his own without Shaq. Dude has a lot of pride, and will not let anybody hold that title discrepancy over his head, especially by the Big Donut.
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