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NOTE FROM THE UNDERGROUND
Jackie MacMullan
March 16, 1998
Shaq's Grudge Match
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March 16, 1998

Note From The Underground

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Shaq's Grudge Match

Shaquille O'Neal wasn't about to let the painful infection in his left big toe stop him from leading the Lakers to a 91-84 win over the Spurs last Friday. The reason: his burning desire to show up San Antonio center David Robinson. In recounting how he met Kobe Bryant in the Orlando locker room a few years ago, Shaq reveals his disdain for the Admiral. "Kobe was a young kid, and he was probably dreaming of meeting certain players," O'Neal says. "I think he was a really big Penny Hardaway fan, and I think Penny wasn't so good to him [when Bryant tried to say hello]. But I talked to Kobe for a while. You have to be careful about these things. I remember the same thing happened to me. I used to love David Robinson. I was playing in high school in San Antonio, and I went into the Spurs locker room to meet him, and he blew me off. Now it's something in my head. Every time I play David Robinson, I try to demolish him."

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