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O’Neal blows off media once more
MIAMI — For the second day in a row, Miami Heat center Shaquille O’Neal refused to speak to the media yesterday.
After keeping reporters waiting in front of his locker for 30 minutes Sunday night, O’Neal sneaked out after the Heat’s 105-86 victory over the Washington Wizards in Game 1 of their playoff series.
O’Neal, limited by foul trouble, had 19 points and seven rebounds in 26 minutes before fouling out. Experienced Shaq-watchers said O’Neal sometimes clams up after such games so he doesn’t risk ripping the officials publicly.
Yesterday O’Neal either still was ticked off or simply didn’t feel like talking.
Miami coach Stan Van Gundy noted that O’Neal, guarded primarily by center Brendan Haywood, drew just one offensive foul. According to the coach, it was a questionable call.
‘I thought Brendan Haywood did a great job flopping on that one,’ Van Gundy said. ‘He was actually on [O’Neal’s] side — he wasn’t even in front of him. He was beaten, so he took a chance, and he got it.’
O’Neal has been bothered by a pair of bruised thighs, but he did not seem to be in much pain.
?He started the game great. I thought he had good energy, and he was very much a force down in the low post,? Van Gundy said. ‘I thought he didn’t do as good a job on the boards as he could, and we’ll look for some improvement there. … There are some things we want him to do to stay out of foul trouble, and we’ll go over those.’
In an attempt to ease the grind of the playoffs — and perhaps avoid endless questioning about how to stop O’Neal — the Wizards went to South Beach to catch some rays and take in the sights.
?We’re going to the beach and enjoy the sunlight, and hopefully some of the veterans can pay for some of the things out there,? point guard Gilbert Arenas said.
Reminded he is a veteran and has the second-largest paycheck on the team, Arenas jokingly said, ‘Shh, don’t tell anybody that.’
Drop your shorts
Arenas, who went to wearing shorter shorts in Game 6 of the series against the Bulls, switched back to his longer ones in the second quarter Sunday and said he probably will wear them again tonight even if the league fines him because they’re too long.
‘I’m not worried about it,’ Arenas said. ‘I watched the Boston series, and they were wearing their shorts down to their socks. If they are just paying attention to us, there’s a problem out there.’
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