L.A. Times: … It’s a friendly gathering, because no one wants to irritate the superstar, so someone wants to know why he’s lost 19 pounds, like everyone can’t figure it out — you’re going to lose weight running from radio station to radio station while fretting about your future.
He says he’s 200 for the first time since ’98. He says he ate a pepperoni pizza, had a grape soda, felt bloated, tried to do some running and felt a little heavy. The fear of being the next kid to go on Shaq’s TV show was apparently too much for him.
He says what you expect him to say about the refereeing scandal, and then someone lobs him a softball: “How are things back home with the Lakers?”
“Right now I just want to keep focus on what we’re accomplishing here,” he says, and dodgeball seems to be his new game of choice.
“Will you be at training camp?” someone asks, and instead of saying, “Of course,” he says, “When the time is right, I’ll be more than glad to address that.”
I’ve kept quiet so far, because I figure that’s the way he likes it, and no reason to put a quick end to this little cheery soiree, but I can’t take any more.
“Have you apologized to Dr. Buss for calling him an idiot?”
“Excuse me,” he says, while turning to see who is asking the question, and who is now repeating the same question.