posted on May, 6 2005 @ 12:07 PM
Nearly a year after the trade, the verbal jousting between Shaquille O'Neal and the Los Angeles Lakers is still going strong.
One day after Lakers owner Jerry Buss said O'Neal found motivation for losing weight only after being traded by Los Angeles to Miami, the Heat's
All-Star center took issue with the remark.
"I didn't need motivation,'' O'Neal said. "I needed a real owner. ... I needed a real owner like Micky Arison. You can quote me on it.''
Buss also said he doesn't regret trading O'Neal to Miami.
``And I don't regret him losing money and his not making the playoffs,'' O'Neal said.
On Wednesday, Buss said O'Neal was not willing to get into shape when he played for the Lakers. O'Neal, who played at an estimated 370 pounds during
his final season in Los Angeles, is down to about 325 in Miami.
Let bygones be bygones.