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Riley bothered by Shaq's criticism of Heat players, staff

Riley bothered by Shaq's criticism of Heat players, staff
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NEW YORK -- Pat Riley can't understand why Shaquille O'Neal keeps talking about the Miami Heat.

Riley responded to O'Neal's criticisms Wednesday with some of his own, saying his former center was wrong to disparage some of his old teammates and trainers in a Boston Globe story.

"It's sad that he says those things. We shared so much here, together, for three years, good and bad, 3½ years," Riley said, referring specifically to the Heat's 2006 NBA title. "I just think it's sad that he's got to do that."

Riley dealt O'Neal to Phoenix before the trade deadline, allowing the 36-year-old center the chance to compete for another title instead of sticking around Miami for a last-place finish. O'Neal made it clear how much he prefers his new teammates.

"I love playing for this coach and I love playing with these guys," O'Neal told the Globe. "We have professionals who know what to do. No one is asking me to play with Chris Quinn or Ricky Davis. I'm actually on a team again."

After Phoenix's loss to Boston, O'Neal elaborated, saying that defenses would sag off of Quinn and Davis and he wasn't able to get the ball. Of Riley's comments, O'Neal said colorfully, "I don't [care] how he interpreted it."

Reminded that reporters couldn't use the quote because of the expletive, he said, "Sure you can. You can quote me, brother. You can put an 's,' then the tic-tac-toe, the 'at' sign and then the other symbols."

Davis told the Miami Herald after the Heat's game against the Knicks on Wednesday that he didn't believe there were serious issues between the two, though they did appear at times to be frustrated with each other.

"You can't really take stuff personal in the NBA -- you'd go crazy," Davis said. "Shaq's a big guy, whatever. If that's how he feels, that's how he feels. It shows his true colors."

Quinn, in his second year, said in the Herald: "To be honest with you, I don't have too much to say about it. I don't know. But it didn't hurt me."

O'Neal was critical about shots -- as in, not getting enough of them -- often during his tenure with the Heat. This year, he expressed those sentiments in the days that followed a 110-101 loss at Utah on Dec. 3 -- a game where Quinn didn't play and O'Neal and Davis were on court together for 16 minutes, 2 seconds.

He also complained about not getting enough touches two days after going 8-for-15 in a 120-99 loss against Orlando, another game where he and Quinn never were on the court at the same time. Plus, O'Neal got into an argument with Riley during an early season practice, and words got so heated that Alonzo Mourning intervened to keep the two separated.

Keep in mind, O'Neal is the one who repeatedly referred to his Miami coach as "the great Pat Riley" during his time in South Florida. But he also was clearly miffed when Riley pulled him in the first minute of a game at New Jersey earlier this season for blowing a defensive assignment.

Riley said he doesn't have "anything but good feelings for Shaq" and wasn't bothered by any criticism leveled at him. But he said O'Neal has no reason to blame anyone else in the organization for his unhappiness.

"When you're 9-40, we're all frustrated. I mean everybody's at fault, we all were. Everybody was feeling bad and nobody wants that," Riley said.

"He didn't want to be there, he didn't want to play for that kind of situation, 35 years old. He wanted to go to a contender and we sent him there. We sent him to Utopia and we're left here with the carnage and I don't know why he's not happy."

Riley also defended the work of veteran trainer Ron Culp and the team's medical staff, saying O'Neal was out of line to speak poorly of them.

"It's really a shame that he would insult those people like that because they gave him care. They cared," Riley said. "They didn't kiss his butt. They cared about him.

"He can do whatever he wants to do to me. That's OK, I don't care. But those men, they tried. ... That upsets me more than anything."

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O....akala ko the best coach for him is Riley and the best partner is Wade? :rolleyes:

FISH !!! :lol: :evilgrin: :lol:

Comments

  • luks7210luks7210 PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    that was before he met Nash and D'Antoni. :lol:
  • Alpha_GreenAlpha_Green PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    What's new? I'm not surprised. Everytime Shaq gets transfered to a new team, he always would diss his former teams and players he's formerly been with on the team.
  • That's why I lost respect for the lazy [email protected]!

    Never kept himself in shape. Never was grateful to his bosses.

    And some of you guys say that Kobe is the devil? :lol:

    if Kobe is the devil, Shaq's is the lord of all devils :naughty:
  • shaq's a big baby... he's old.. he should retire... i never heard zo trash riley even when he was traded before... how come shaq trashed the whole heat org??
  • st.angerst.anger PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    when you're on Shaq's good side, you're the best coach/player in the universe. :glee:
  • loud mouth Shaq...in other news, the sky is blue.
  • he did it against the magic, lakers, now the heat.

    Nothing new.
  • white rabbitwhite rabbit PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    i think shaq is now mentally unstable. probably the result of years of beating from other players who have tried to stop him.

    he also said amare is better than KG. kasi daw KG DOESN'T play defense.

    KG doesn't play defense? WTF!
  • dakilangungazdakilangungaz PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    what's new nga :D:lol:



    :blowsmoke:
  • That's why I lost respect for the lazy [email protected]!

    Never kept himself in shape. Never was grateful to his bosses.

    And some of you guys say that Kobe is the devil? :lol:

    if Kobe is the devil, Shaq's is the lord of all devils :naughty:

    Shaq and his insecurities, what else.

    He's like a politician, He probably doesn't believed his own words but he's definitely surprise some people really believed him.
  • i think shaq is now mentally unstable. probably the result of years of beating from other players who have tried to stop him.

    he also said amare is better than KG. kasi daw KG DOESN'T play defense.

    KG doesn't play defense? WTF!
    WTF!?! Did Shaq really say that? I can't see anyway he can be serious about that statement.

    It's like saying Kobe is better that Lebron because Lebron doesn't play defense!?!

    WTF!!!!
  • white rabbitwhite rabbit PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    ^^ yup.

    Shaq says Kobe MVP, puts Stoudemire ahead of Garnett

    When asked for his thoughts on the MVP race, Phoenix Suns center Shaquille O'Neal didn't hesitate.

    "The Kobester," he said, referencing his old teammate and occasional foil, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers. "He's an assassin, with LeBron [James] coming in right behind. After that, I really haven't been paying attention."

    So some brave soul raised the possibility that the guy across the hall in TD Banknorth Garden — Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett -- might be in the discussion as well. O'Neal shook his head. No way.

    "I'm going to have to go with my guy before him," he said, motioning to teammate Amare Stoudemire's locker. "All day, every day. Garnett doesn't play defense".
  • white rabbitwhite rabbit PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    ^^ shaq is probably being sarcastic there. amare is the one who doesn't play a lick of defense, so he is doing reverse psychology on him. :lol:
  • iTcAnTbEdOnEiTcAnTbEdOnE PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    life's never fair. it's unfair for shaq to diss the heat but then again, if not for shaq, miami would still be ringless.
  • ^^ shaq is probably being sarcastic there. amare is the one who doesn't play a lick of defense, so he is doing reverse psychology on him. :lol:
    Yup, my assessment as well.

    On Kobe Bryant - he knows damn well Kobe and his fans are hopelessly expecting the 2008 MVP title in Kobe's resume by season's end. He's just setting Kobe and his fans up for a higher fall when a truly deserving player is named MVP instead of Kobe.

    On Kevin Garnett - he wants to light a fire under KG so that whoever KG guards (Shaq or Amare) when/if they meet up KG will D up so aggresively he'd get himself into foul trouble.

    On Amare Stoudamire - he's just getting his teammate to play better defense. By comparing Amare to a guy that does play excellent defense and dissing that guy in the process, Amare now is obligated to play KG like defense or better. I just hope Amare doesn't get himself into foul trouble in the process.

    Shaq has learned well from the Zen Master. I just wish he didn’t say those things about the Miami Heat, that crap just wasn’t in good taste.
  • white rabbitwhite rabbit PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    if you were an employer and you hear your new employee badmouthing his previous boss and officemates, and you know he has a penchant for doing that, it's time to get nervous. :lol:

    what a class act.
  • Hoist! Me na huhurt dito sa PEX. :naughty:

    FISH !!! :lol: :evilgrin: :lol:
  • shaq sucks big time!!! he's so fixated with his so-called "greatness" that he wouldn't being a jacka$s... to think i respected the guy... grrr....
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