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03-21-2003, 12:07 AM
Shaq becomes 28th to score 20,000 points

March 20, 2003

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Shaquille O'Neal became the 28th player in NBA history to score 20,000 points during the Los Angeles Lakers' game against Sacramento on Thursday night.

With 1:05 left in the first half, O'Neal made a turnaround jumper in the lane, giving him 12 points in the game and 20,001 in his career.

In his 11th NBA season, O'Neal -- who turned 31 on March 6 -- is the fifth-youngest player to reach the mark, behind Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

``It means I've been here a while and I've put in the work,'' O'Neal said before the game. ``It just puts me up there with the other guys who have done it. It's important from a fatherly perspective -- to tell my kids about.''

O'Neal is 28th on the league's career list behind Tom Chambers, who scored 20,049 points. Before the regular season ends, O'Neal also might catch Mitch Richmond, 26th place with 20,497 points.

03-21-2003, 10:00 PM
T-mac or Kobe are going to break it in a couple years.

03-21-2003, 10:00 PM

03-23-2003, 12:38 AM
Get this

LOS ANGELES -- The Lakers' Shaquille O'Neal left Sacramento with a spoiled souvenir of his 20,000th career point -- someone scribbled an insulting expletive on the ball used when he reached the milestone.

The unknown culprit apparently got to that game ball sometime after Lakers public relations director John Black had grabbed it just before halftime of the rival Kings' 107-99 victory over Los Angeles on Thursday night.

O'Neal, booed by the Sacramento crowd at halftime when his accomplishment was announced, said he hoped no one connected with the Kings' organization was responsible.

"History was made last night. You can't take that away from me,'' said O'Neal, the 28th player in NBA history to reach the plateau. "I hope the Maloof family (Kings' owners Gavin and Joe Maloof) doesn't condone this kind of action.

"I will not hold the city of Sacramento responsible, but whoever did this shows no class. I'm not mad at all. I know the Maloofs allow a lot of stuff. If they do condone this, I'll be very disappointed in that organization.''

At least for O'Neal, the vandalism added fuel to what already is a heated rivalry between the Pacific Division foes.

"This is one thing I won't forget, and I'll see you soon,'' O'Neal said.

The Kings are at the Lakers on April 10.

Black said the Lakers sent the ball back to the Kings.

03-23-2003, 12:41 AM
Yeah, I read about that.

That's too bad. No matter how much you hate the guy (or anyone else), I think it's terrible that someone defaced a piece of his history.

03-23-2003, 01:38 PM
the vandalism thing is unfortunate....

This just in...Shaq just made history after consuming three Burger King whoppers with cheese. He is now officially the largest consumer of whoppers in history. A Burger King spokesman was quoted as saying, "We love his fat ass. Our stocks have gone up 210% since he went on the whopper binge". Special measures are being taken to protect the record breaking whopper wrapper from potential vandals.

03-23-2003, 07:43 PM
I do like Shaq. I just wish his game wasn't so ugly and he wasn't allowed to dislodge defenders with his jiggly backside. AND.. most importantly, I wish he didn't play for the hated Lakers.

03-23-2003, 08:01 PM
Shaq is the most dominant player in the NBA without a doubt. Plus, he has a great sense of humor and is an outstanding interview whenever he wants to be.

he's a quote machine.

gotta like the guy

03-23-2003, 09:16 PM
I like the big fella.....I think Rhylan nailed it. If he didn't get away with felony assault and didn't play for the Lakers I'd like him more. But.....