DP: Did you lobby for management to keep him?
AS: I definitely wanted to take one more shot at it. Shaq is one of the players I watched as a kid growing up, so to play with him was almost like a fantasy team. But [G.M. Steve Kerr] made a solid decision, and with the team we have now we're going to be successful.
DP: Is Cleveland the team to beat now that LeBron has Shaq?
AS: No, I think the Lakers are still the team to beat. Especially with Ron Artest.
DP: How many times have you been hit in the head by a Steve Nash pass you weren't expecting?
AS: Steve is such a great ball handler, so when he dribbles you don't know where he's going to go. And then he throws a no-look at you. You catch it right square in the head at times.
DP: You recently went to Sierra Leone. What did you see?
AS: A lot of poverty. I went there to build water wells. A lot of tribes in Sierra Leone don't have fresh water, and they get sick and die off because they're drinking their own waste for water. So I teamed up with a guy in Africa and we built two or three wells. After that I started donating more money to the country, I sat down with the president to come up with a plan for how we can better the country. And he made me a goodwill ambassador.
DP: Did you feel safe?
AS: Definitely. Their military had me totally secure. Right now it's not the best place to visit, but we're getting it there.