Amid complaints about the dearth of talent in last week's NBA draft, No. 1 pick
Shaq believes Griffin, the new 6-foot-10 power forward of the Los Angeles Clippers, deserves mention with the most intriguing rookies of the past 15 years.
"Every now and then you get that special case," O'Neal told SI.com. "Kobe was that special case, [
Here he pauses, like an emcee introducing a surprise guest to the stage.
"And now I actually think this guy
"My (10 year old) son is starting to play now, and I don't like to let him watch players that are really, really fancy. Of course, I'll let him watch Kobe, LeBron, T-Mac (
As O'Neal prepares to visit Cleveland this week for the first time since his recent trade to the Cavaliers, he promises to remain even-tempered about the possibility of helping LeBron win his first championship.
"My wife said this is the first time she's seen a great team get a great player and not lose any players," said O'Neal of the blockbuster that sent
"Anytime you're in the Finals, they want you to do the promo pics with the gold ball, but I won't do it. 'Just take the picture.' No, I won't do it. It's just one picture, but I'm not jinxing myself."