Shaquille ONeal Quotes (180 Quotes)


    A lot of people probably are going to be worried that we have to start all over, but I have been here for a couple weeks now working with the guys, I know most of the guys, and it won't be a problem at all,

    We still could have got it done, ... It just wasn't our turn. It just wasn't meant to be. Now you just have to live with that. Like I said, the thing that happened last year is only going to make us stronger. The great Pat Riley has made us stronger.

    I'm very excited about my new agreement with the Heat. This contract allows me to address all of my family's long-term financial goals while allowing the Heat the ability to acquire those players that we need to win a championship.

    We were a little bit anxious for a win today. We played well.

    It's just frustrating, ... All you're trying to do is help and get help to people in need and you see these people on TV just begging for help and whoever, I'm not going to point any fingers, but ... it's very, very, very difficult.


    I told them, especially in overtime, to just keep bringing me the ball and let me go to work because at that time they weren't really double-teaming me.

    The way he plays hard all the time.

    We just got to take away those shots and make them do something else.

    But that is the only thing that slows me down is the system. No one, two or three was big enough to slow me down, only the system. It was the system that slowed me down to make my numbers fall. Not because I am older.

    A lot of people are probably worried that we're starting over. ... It won't be a problem at all, ... Everybody's going to be on the same page. We've got to get farther than we did last year, and we will.

    I'm trying to stay in the game. They key for me is to stay aggressive, no matter how they're calling it.

    He's going to be real big, ... I tried to show him the way, how to get it done, what to do. And he's handling it all very good.

    The game always has to be played from the inside out, ... I'm not a black hole by any means. I always look for my shooters.

    We would love to have Gary down here. He's still tenacious on defense, and I know he still wants a title. And I'm the only guy in the world who can get him one.

    I got a little rhythm going. I was getting fouled on every play.

    I put a lot into it, and when I am done playing, I plan on going undercover and then being the sheriff or chief of police somewhere, either Miami or Orlando, I don't know yet.

    But, hey I did everything the right way and earned my spot in this game, nothing was given to me.

    I'm just trying to get back in the flow of things. The guys are looking for me when I get the ball deep like that. There isn't much a person on another team can do.

    When we step up and make shots, it's hard for teams to beat us.

    We know when we have a performance like that most of the time we're going to hear it.

    For this incident, I don't want to be credited as an individual who does police work. I want to be credited as a Miami Beach police officer.

    We have no greater gift in this life than the children. We have to do everything in our power to protect them. I want to be the sheriff who helps catch the bad men. And maybe I'll push for some new laws so that they get more than probation or just two years in prison for what they do.

    I'm getting there. I've been playing well these last couple of games.

    I don't see us having a problem. It's going to be my job to manage the locker room, anyway, so it will work out.

    I started out as a young Ninja and killed all of the Shoguns. I am a Shogun now and I'm holding my spot. There probably won't be another Shogun after this.

    This is a tough game. There are times when you've got to play hurt, when you've got to block out the pain.

    I was looking forward to going to the line 30 or 40 times.

    It's good that the proceeds go to where they go, but we have great fan support here, so we just want to give them a good show. Of course, it's not the Finals, so we're not going to go one million percent, but we might go 850,000 percent.

    He said he wanted me to get 12 to 14 a game. Sometimes 20. I just have to probably concentrate on it a little bit more. Most teams we play, the big guy is shooting jumpers. When they shoot, I try to be the first guy down the court. Whenever I'm down by the rim, I'll get most of them.

    He knows that this is the playoffs, and he's a tough kid. He had to come back in the locker room and just get ready, and he got ready. We sent word to him that we needed him out there. He came back and hit a couple of shots. He hit a big three when I got doubled and I kicked the ball out to him. He played well.

    Confidence is not a problem with this bunch. We just have to find some way to match their effort or overcome their effort.

    It's going to be a funny summer. Everyone's going to take care of their own business and do what's best for them.

    I feel stronger. I felt last year I was kind of weak, especially there at the end.

    We want to win. We want to win big. We want to win the whole thing.

    Coach jumped on me the other day. He told me I was settling and they have done a great job making sure we stay in shape. This is the lightest I've been in about 10 years. Hopefully, the guys will get it to me so I can run for them. If you feed a big dog then he's active like that.

    Now having kids of my own, I wanted to create a performance shoe that parents everywhere felt good about providing for their kids or themselves.

    The man upstairs got me here (Miami) before I blew a head vessel or before I was going to bust somebody's head open.

    Tough loss, because this is another one of, I think, nine or 10 games we let slip away this year. We're going to need these games. And coach (Pat) Riley was right when he said we need to start making a push now. Not tomorrow. Not yesterday. Now.

    That is why one day I said my game will be like the Pythagorean Theorem - hard to figure out. A lot of people really don't know the Pythagorean Theory. They don't make them like me anymore. They don't want to make them like that anymore.

    We're not there yet. Playoff mentality starts a couple of games, a couple of weeks before playoffs.

    I've been playing on Christmas for the last 10, 11, 12 years. So just got to get up early with the babies, and give them their toys and try to get a nap in and just come to play.

    I think the first half was just a little too silly. We knew we just had to play a little bit of defense and play a little bit harder.

    I've never been a stats-type person. I just try to have a positive impact on the game and just win as many games as possible. My teammates were looking for me today and I was looking for them today. I know I had one before, a long, long time ago. As long as they get the ball in my hands I can keep everybody involved. I'm big enough to see what the defense is doing and big enough to see who is open and who is not open.

    I sent word to the locker room that we needed him.

    Jason Williams is going to get everybody the ball. He sees everything. Antoine is going to shoot the 3. It's going to be fun, ... I'm very excited. I mean, I can't wait to play the first game and then go home and watch the first game.

    They're a very young, energetic team. They play with a lot of poise, a lot of enthusiasm. And it's something we have to be prepared for. And we will be. It'll be a good test for us. We respect our opponent very much, but we'll be fine.

    Me shooting 40% at the foul line is just God's way to say nobody's perfect.

    I don't get nervous in any situation. There's no such thing as nerves when you're playing games.

    He's cool, calm and collected and just uplifting guys and he's just a leader. He wants to add to his legacy, I want to add to my legacy. I think it's a good match.

    The key for me is to stay aggressive and not really worry about how they call the game. If they are going to foul me out, then they are going to have to foul me out.


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