I still think some of the stuff he says is moronic. But hey, the sportwriters are right. He stays out of trouble, he sticks to his word and he's funny as hell. Plus, he's not Kobe Bryant.
But, okay, here's the real reason I'm really liking Shaq today:
"I was down here the other day working out with the kid from Vanderbilt we got (second-round pick Matt Freije), and I told him, 'I'm gonna come across the block, and if I get doubled, I'm gonna pass the ball to you and you're gonna have a wide-open jumper, or (forward) Udonis Haslem is gonna come down the lane and he's gonna get a dunk, and you're all gonna get big contracts.' He said, 'What do you mean?' I said, 'Just look at the history. Travis Knight. Horace Grant. A.C. Green.' He said, 'Shaq, you're one of the coolest guys I've met.' "