View Full Version : Payton is pissed at Shaq!

01-24-2004, 03:44 PM
Ten things we learned this week in the NBA
Jan. 23, 2004
By Mike Kahn
SportsLine.com Executive Editor
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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- As chilly and snowy as it has been in the northeast, the games still go on and so does the evolving of the teams on and off the court.

1. Item: Karl Malone's knee ligament strain is taking more time to heal and Kobe Bryant is still out with the injury to his shoulder. So why does Shaquille O'Neal continue to sit out with what appeared to be a minor calf strain? It is taking its toll on a slumping team that set a franchise record in Dallas on Thursday with its ninth straight loss on the road.

Even with Chris Webber still recovering, the Kings are making waves out West. (Getty Images)
What it really means: The feeling around the organization is swelling, again, that O'Neal is more and more about his own agenda -- just as he delayed foot surgery in the summer of 2002, setting the team back the entire '02-03 season. It's particularly infuriating to Gary Payton, who is astonished that O'Neal has already missed nearly one-third of their games and leaving Payton as the lone leader on the court -- especially since O'Neal talked him into signing as a free agent with the Lakers.

"Gary can't believe it," a source close to Payton told SportsLine.com. "Shaq talked him into signing with the Lakers this summer to win and now he's decided not to play until he wants to. He should have been back two games ago and everybody knows it. This is not a good thing."

01-24-2004, 05:52 PM
Peter Vescey (sic?) would be proud to call that article his own.

The latest rumor:
An un-named source is quoted as saying "Gary's glad Shaq is saving himself for the playoffs. Everyone knows we're going to win it all so faking the injuries was the only way to keep this season interesting."

Shaq Attack2
01-25-2004, 12:05 AM
Yikes, a well known idiot posting rumors from "sources" close to the players. Now this is news!

01-25-2004, 03:07 AM
I'm well known?

01-25-2004, 03:16 AM
Originally posted by: FreshJive
I'm well known? lol


Shaq Attack2
01-25-2004, 03:21 AM
Originally posted by: FreshJive
I'm well known?

Not you, this SportsLine guy. i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif

01-25-2004, 03:36 AM
lol Yeah the fact that Mike Kahn wrote the article and the "well known" part tipped it off for me.

As for the Mike Kahn article, I was dissapointed when I saw where it came from but a guy can dream can't he? Alot of the Lakerstalk guys seemed discouraged by it.