I can't forget the story I heard from one of O'Neal's old teammates, who insists that he spied Shaq wiggling three fingers near his ear at practice one day while Stan Van Gundy was lecturing Heat players about their lack of focus and acceptance. The ex-teammate says it was Shaq's way of reminding everyone who caught the gesture that he had won three rings to that point compared to Van Gundy's zero. As long as Riley was in the same organization, with four rings of his own at that stage, Shaq wanted Riley on the bench … without ever publicly lobbying for it.
I'm told that similar scenes to the ear story played out during Terry Porter's final days in Phoenix. The drills and teachings of Porter's practices were never embraced by a variety of Suns vets -- not just Shaq -- but that widespread resistance apparently prompted O'Neal to at least once note the nearby presence of assistant coach and eventual Porter successor Alvin Gentry and crack: "We won't be doing that when Alvin takes over."
No surprise here. He hates his former Magic head coach, Brian Hill. Don't know if he ever beefed with Del Harris and Kurt Rambis when they were both head coach of the Lakers. He had his battles with Phil. Then beefin' with Pat Riley. Right now he's beefin' with Stan Van Gundy. And i'm sure he was talking about Terry Porter.
Edited by LALakersFan4Life, March 14, 2009 - 02:04 PM.