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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Shaquille O'Neal's retirement

June 2, 2011 |  8:49 am

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--The Times' Mark Heisler considered Shaquille O'Neal not to be the most dominating center, but the most fun to be around.

--The Times' Chris Erskine provides some tips to Lakers Coach Mike Brown on how to get acquainted with Los Angeles. 

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore argues the Lakers need to welcome Shaq back with open arms.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding wonders whether Shaq or Kobe Bryant is a better person.

--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin is going to miss Shaq not being in the NBA. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky details Shaq's mixed legacy with the Lakers.

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe describes Shaq as spectacular, maddening and magnetic.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi believes Shaq's standing with the Lakers has healed with time.

--ESPN Boston's Jackie MacMullan talks to Shaq about his retirement. 

--Sports Illustrated's Jack McCallum rates Shaq behind Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Hakeem Olajuwon

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin first reported the Lakers plan to retire O'Neal's No. 34 jersey.

--NBA.com's Shaun Powell doesn't think Shaq will be away from the spotlight.

--The Boston Globe's Bob Ryan argues Shaq is the tied for the fourth best center with Moses Malone behind Russell, Chamberlain and Abdul-Jabbar. 

--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears reports Derek Fisher didn't the negotiations between the NBA and the players union because of what he termed a "previously scheduled family vacation."

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer wonders if Fisher scheduled this knowing the Lakers wouldn't make the NBA Finals. Either way, Dwyer faults Fisher for not being at the negotiations considering he's the president of the players association and all. 

--Fox Sports West's Matt "Money" Smith wonders how we'll remember Shaq. 

--ESPN.com's Michael Wilbon argues Shaq should be remembered for both his skills and charisma.

--Lakers.com presents a photo gallery of Shaq as a Laker.

--Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that a former front-office executive, former coach and former teammate of O’Neal believe he will come back to the NBA.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano offers nothing but love for the Big Fella. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore argues the enjoyment Shaq brought Laker fans far outweighed his imperfections. 

Radio Interview

I talk with LakersNation's David Brickley, Jason Riley and Kevin Figgers about Shaq and Brown in the audio file below.

Mark Medina on Lakers Nation

Tweet of the Day: "It's days like this, with news of Shaq retiring breaking, that I really wish Kobe had a Twitter account" -- mcten (ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Some Laker fans never cease to amaze with their ingratitude and selective memories. Shaq brought Big drama and frustration at times. But he produced enormous results for the Lakers. 4 Finals and 3 titles. 3 Finals MVPs. He was the *best player* on a team that made one of the greatest championship runs in the history of the game. He helped restore the Lakers' luster after a pretty long title drought.

It makes no sense to do anything but thank him and appreciate what he did for the franchise, which was to help lift it out of the shadow of the Bulls Dynasty *and* push it ever closer in the banner race with the Celtics. True Laker fans will appreciate you, Big. I do wish that you and Kobe had been able to see your title run through to the end, but it wasn't all your fault, regardless of how some fans now like to pretend otherwise. The O'Briens and great memories outweigh the bad stuff. The same will apply for Kobe when he hangs'em up too." -- Peace

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Former Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal announced Wednesday that he plans to retire following a 19-year career in the NBA. Credit: Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times.


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