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Thursday, March 05, 2009

Shaquille O'Neal rips Magic coach Stan Van Gundy

O'Neal responded to Van Gundy's reaction about O'Neal's flopping against Dwight Howard Tuesday night.

For the complete story from cbssports.com, click here


  • At 3:48 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    If Dwight Howard had attempted to flop against O'Neal like O'Neal flopped against Howard, Shaq would have been the first one to complain about it after the game.

    SVG's point was that Dwight defended Shaq like a man the whole game, and didn't resort to any flopping like Shaq did.

    Well, I guess we can forget about Shaq ever rejoining the Magic to end his career as Dwight's backup.

  • At 2:53 PM, Anonymous gomezmagic12 said…

    WOW!!! just when antics Shaq's this past summer(kobe tell me how my ass tastes)were starting to be forgotten this guy goes and runs his mouth about the guy who won him a championship in miami!!! yes, i know pat riley ultimately is wearing the ring but that was SVG's team in miami and not to mention his offensive and defensive schemes!!!! All i have heard about shaq is that he is trying to establish his legacy before he retires, well his legacy is starting to get tarnished by his big mouth!! Just shut up and play ball!!!! You got outplayed and you lost back to back games to both your former teams, now shaq YOU tell ME how my ass tastes!!!!

    Not to mention, his playoff chances this year get smaller and smaller each loss!!! sorry bout the french guys but this one got under my skin!! Honestly, i was dreaming that the Aristotle would finish his career in Orlando where it began but ..No thanks, Shaq you can keep your ego and that neverending hole you call a mouth in phoenix, and we will stick with the BUM that is a frontrunner for coach of the year and has single-handedly made the orlando magic a contender!!! You know when you think of legendary big man i.e kareem, moses malone, bill rusell you dont hear this type of garbage but i guess that we are suppose to just deal with you, the guy who left every team that he has been with in the middle of an argument or an issue.

    Oh yeah and SVG does panic but he doesnt panic about someone talking a little smack about him he pancics when his team isnt playing defense or hitting free throws, something you didnt do much of!!!

    i had to vent!!!!

  • At 7:57 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Shaq sure isn't making any more friends in Orlando with his comments.

    More from cbssports.com:

    ORLANDO, Fla. -- Stan Van Gundy walked into the Orlando Magic locker room Thursday morning, and before he could even prepare for practice, his players had a message.

    "You better leave Shaq alone," forward Rashard Lewis told him.

    And with that, the Flop Flap continued.

    A day after Shaquille O'Neal called his former coach with the Miami Heat "a master of panic" and "a front-runner," Van Gundy responded by jokingly calling O'Neal a "very sensitive guy." He said everyone needs to "consider the source" before taking the comments too seriously.

    The Magic coach said he didn't take O'Neal's remarks personal, but admitted O'Neal may have gone too far -- even for his usual jokes.

    "That's not his normal comments," Van Gundy said after Orlando's practice Thursday. "Obviously I struck a nerve and hurt his feelings. Shaq's a very sensitive guy. If I hurt his feelings, I'm sorry."

    I'm pretty sure that every player who's ever played for me doesn't hate me," Van Gundy said Thursday. "Now we'd have to do a survey, but I've coached a lot of guys, and I'm pretty sure there's one or two that don't hate me. I don't know that any liked me. But I'm pretty sure there's one or two who don't hate me. So I don't worry about that because, quite honestly, I don't think it's true."

    Magic players defended their coach but refused to take a jab back at O'Neal.

    "We like him," Lewis said of Van Gundy. "I mean, sometimes we don't because he screams and yells all the time, but that's just a part of him being the coach. As long as we continue to win games, you can't complain too much."

    Van Gundy said he was joking when he made the comments and didn't lose any sleep when O'Neal responded. He considers the feud over, but realized O'Neal might again fire back.

    "I started it. I made my comment," Van Gundy said. "If you're going to dish it out, you've got to be able to take it. And I can take it."



  • At 5:29 AM, Blogger Ken said…

    Shaq is a thin-skinned classless buffoon... Albeit with four (4) rings, but a classless buffoon non-the less..

    Does anyone know what Lewis meant by his comment: "You better leave Shaq alone," forward Rashard Lewis told him.? Is he taking Shaq's side or just covering his ass and not wanting to piss off the Big Dope?

    I agree with gomezmagic12. When you think of former big men, those guys had class. They didn't need to run their mouths and belittle others to prove their worth. They let their actions on and off the court do their speaking for them.

    Whenever Shaq starts running his mouth I think back to what a reporter asked him during the Olympics in Greece...
    A reporter asked him if he had visited the Parthenon during his visit to Greece.
    The Big Dummies response: “I can’t really remember the names of the clubs that we went to.”

    Nuff said....

  • At 10:28 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Shaq is the master of soundbite's and SVG knows this. ESPN cant wait for things to happen in shaq's world so they can stick a mike in his face,but as SVG stated "consider the source" before we get to riled up about the big ass. I'm glad SVG is a "MAN" and called him out,nobody else seems man enough,SVG just became my hero.

  • At 6:23 PM, Anonymous gomezmagic12 said…

    So i guess that ABC/ESPN sat down with the SHAQBABY for an interview for Sunday, his dumb behind is already trying to take a back seat and say that he didnt mean all that his stupid ass said!!!!..

    Like i mentioned before that guy needs to do us all a favor and shut and play ball


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