"Something quick," he says, "like a Ferrari."
Nov. 27, Middle Tennessee State
"What fascinates me is how people behave," says 6'9", 220-pound Warren Kidd, one of the best players in the Ohio Valley Conference. "And how the mind works." Still, he hasn't yet decided how he'll psych out O'Neal. "Talking trash won't upset him," he allows. "You've got to straight up face him."
Kidd's face job won't necessarily be face-to-face. "I'll play Shaq with my back to him," he says. "Maybe that'll mess him up."
A little reverse psychology.
Dec. 17, Southeastern Louisiana
The Lions may ambush O'Neal. "I'm sending my four biggest men after him," says Southeastern Louisiana coach Don Wilson, sounding like Mao. "They're my Gang of Four."
Last season O'Neal left Southeastern Louisiana in ruin. The damage included 28 points, 15 rebounds, six rejections, a 117-68 drubbing. Blame poor intelligence reports: Some Lions had anticipated a Buddha-like figure. "I thought Shaq would be fat," says 6'9" Darryl (Ice) Jones, Southeastern Louisiana's starting center. "But he's got no fat, none whatsoever. He's just seven feet of muscle, a muscle monster."
"King Kong," says Marvin Pierre.
"Godzilla," says Keith Dudley.