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  1. Working with Shaquille O'Neal

    Henry Abbott

    ESPN's Amin Elhassan worked with Shaquille O'Neal on the Phoenix Suns, and reflects on word O'Neal's under investigation for workplace assault....

    Blog | March 25, 2014
  2. When Shaq bet Alvin Gentry a Lamborghini

    Henry Abbott

    Alvin Gentry has more NBA stories than anyone. This one's from his days with the Suns, when Shaquille O'Neal said he'd buy Gentry a Lamborghini ... if the coach could dunk the ball....

    Blog | July 01, 2013
  3. Gregg Popovich builds young players

    Henry Abbott

    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Memphis lost to a team that has always been more aggressive about developing young talent. Of all the things coaches hate, globally televised boneheaded mistakes surely top the list. They happen. Not even the most ve...

    Blog | May 28, 2013
  4. Shaquille O'Neal on "Kazaam"

    Henry Abbott

    Shaquille O'Neal's 1996 rapping genie basketball movie was -- shocker -- pretty bad. The most recommended comment on IMDB includes the phrase "never see this movie". Why did one of the best players in NBA history agree to do it? In a (PG-13) in...

    Blog | April 03, 2012
  5. Robert Horry: Shaq vs. Kobe is all Phil

    Henry Abbott

    In Russia, Robert Horry suggests that originally, Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant got along beautifully until Phil Jackson intervened. Horry has been in Russia and was interviewed by Sports.ru. On his blog Rush'n Hoops, journalist Alexander Chern...

    Blog | January 23, 2012
  6. First Cup: Tuesday

    Henry Abbott

    Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Times: "Years removed from his public sparring from Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal proclaimed since then that the feuding served nothing more than a motivational tool between the two teammates and nothing more than a mar...

    Blog | November 01, 2011
  7. A poem for Shaquille O'Neal

    Henry Abbott

    Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images The year: 2000. The king of the basketball world: Shaquille O'Neal. As usual, I lost a bet. This time the circumstances were cloaked in stat geekery, and maddening. But the end result is: Shaquille O'Neal contributed mo...

    Blog | April 27, 2011
  8. Shaq vs. Darko: Losing ugly

    Henry Abbott

    Steve Babineau/NBAE/Getty Images The wager: Darko Milicic would contribute more than Shaquille O'Neal. Shaquille O'Neal is big. Huge, in fact. His seven feet of height or untold pounds aren't what overwhelms this story, however. It's his fame. H...

    Blog | April 26, 2011
  9. Monday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    Shaquille O'Neal, finally back from injury, comes up hobbling with a calf strain and Doc Rivers is sounding a little desperate. Those Kobe Bryant crunch time numbers I cite sometimes are not created by tricks of statistics. They come from games lik...

    Blog | April 04, 2011
  10. Friday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    If you read TrueHoop on your phone, use this link. How is it the Spurs consistently unearth guys like Gary Neal? My best guess: They define roles well. Most teams shop for the best available player and end up with quasi-stars. The Spurs, though, sh...

    Blog | January 07, 2011
  11. A better deployment of Shaquille O'Neal

    Henry Abbott

    Tom Haberstroh (Insider) notices that in limited minutes, Shaquille O'Neal has quietly become, by some measures, the most efficient player in the NBA. He was nowhere close last year. What's the difference? Here's a big one: Credit must be given t...

    Blog | December 08, 2010
  12. Blowing out bad teams matters

    Henry Abbott

    Neal Paine of Basketball-Reference finds that blowing out bad teams predicts NBA Finals success better than the thing we tend to feel is most important: winning close games against strong opposition. I guess the default thinking is: Who cares if y...

    Blog | November 16, 2010
  13. Somebody saved Jermaine O'Neal's life

    Henry Abbott

    Paul Flannery of WEEI recounts a day a decade-and-a-half ago when a 19-year old Jermaine O'Neal almost died in a car accident: He was on his way home from the airport after a road trip when suddenly another car slammed into him. The Lexus O'Neal was...

    Blog | October 25, 2010
  14. Friday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    I had so much fun reading Kelly Dwyer's homage to Scottie Pippen that I got right back in line and read it again: "Scottie Pippen was a basketball genius, and in nearly 13 years of covering this league in written form, I don't think I've ever used th...

    Blog | August 13, 2010
  15. Shaquille O'Neal, press conference star

    Henry Abbott

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    Blog | August 10, 2010
  16. Shaquille O'Neal vs. Darko Milicic: The Bet

    Henry Abbott

    The other day I wrote that I thought Darko Milicic would contribute more to the Timberwolves this season than Shaquille O'Neal would to the Celtics. What I didn't make clear enough was that my point is really a story about reputations. O'Neal is a...

    Blog | August 06, 2010