More quotable novelty now than an actual effective basketball player, Shaq had plenty of choice words at his news conference Thursday in Phoenix. Here is what he had to say, and the Mavs Lite response:
Shaq: “I look forward to making people eat their words. I really do.”
Mavs Lite: Shaq, old friend, judging by your size and mobility, you've been doing enough eating for everyone.
Shaq, on people questioning his ability: “I’m very upset. You just don’t really want to get me upset. When I’m upset, I’m known to do certain things — like win championships.”
Mavs Lite: Oh, you need to be upset to do that? What, $20 million isn't enough? Pat Riley's criticism wasn't enough? Helping the Heat stay above water wasn't enough? Good to see self-motivation isn't a problem.
Shaq: “The first thing it takes in winning a championship is belief."
Mavs Lite: We beg to differ. The ability to run, jump and move are at the top of our list.
Shaq: “I’ve given a full commitment to the medical staff that I will be there every day before and after practice, doing whatever it takes to keep me going for the next 10 years."
Mavs Lite: As a rule of thumb, if a player requires that much medical attention, acquiring him probably isn't the best idea. And the next 10 years? Don't you mean the next 10 games?
Shaq: "Nothing really hurts. If you want to take me in a room and examine me yourself, you could see for my age I have a fabulous body."
Mavs Lite: Well, your age is kinda the problem there, big guy. And if nothing really hurts, why can't you play every game?
Shaq: “I’m not a ball freak. I’m not going to be asking for 30-40 touches. I just want to fit in.”
Mavs Lite: Thirty-40 touches is a bit ridiculous. But Shaq better get his 20-30 touches, or everybody will hear about it.
Shaq: “Start selling the T-shirts now, all the marketing people. I’m giving you this one for free. ‘The Sun will rise in Phoenix.’ Start selling them now, $9.99 at the Phoenix Suns store.”
Mavs Lite: What's more tired: Shaq's legs or his creativity?
-- Garza, Mavs Lite