All the world's a stage for Shaquille O'Neal--and he was no mere player in the Finals, in which he averaged 13.7 points and 10.2 rebounds. Here he loomed large before Game 4, which Miami won 98-74.
He has avoided alcohol since being diagnosed with a kidney ailment in 2000, but Alonzo embraced the bubbly after his eight points, six rebounds and five blocks in Game 6 helped Miami clinch its first NBA title.
IN THE CARDS
The huge bowl that had followed the Heat on its playoff run was finally unveiled after the Game 6 win. Inside were 120,000 laminated cards with players' names, pictures of the O'Brien trophy and the team motto "15 strong."