Shaquille O'Neal takes nothing seriously. It's his blessing and his curse. It's why he can entertain millions of fans with his comedy, dancing and critical observations. It's why he can miss more than 5,100 free throws in his career and never win a rebounding title. It's part of the reason why Steve Nash met with general manager Steve Kerr in New York on Thursday, as the point guard wants some roster assurances before moving forward with a contract extension. The problem isn't a personality clash. It's that Nash and O'Neal can't co-exist on the court. You could not piece together a worse combination to defend the pick-and-roll, one of the most elementary plays in the NBA. It's one of the glaring flaws in this basketball team, and for that and other reasons, O'Neal must be traded in the coming months.. (Arizona Republic) Comment
Carson Palmer's wife, Shaelyn, can rest easy. There's no way her husband, the Bengals' quarterback, is going to let Chad Ochocinco, the team's star wide receiver, crash at their Southern California home in July while the two work out together. Three's company? Hardly. Carson said Shaelyn got either a text message or e-mail from a friend, saying Ochocinco planned to stay with the Palmers in the days leading up to training camp. Shaelyn gave birth to twins -- a boy and a girl -- on Jan. 20. Undeterred, Ochocinco keeps insisting he's staying with the Palmers.
Might Lance Stephenson be succeeding Stephon Marbury as Zeke's newest freak? While in Orlando, an on-campus source informed me the Lincoln HS whiz had a sleepover a couple of weeks ago at Florida International University in Miami. Far be it from me to insinuate coach Isiah Thomas did anything funny to make that happen, but it ain't easy getting close to Stephenson. (New York Post) Comment
Egypt's Essam El Hadary makes a save during a Confederations Cup Group B soccer victory over Italy. (Hassan Ammar/AP)
Kobe brought his game face to Conan
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