Wednesday , Dec , 19 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Shaquille O’Neal Accepts Responsiblity For Poor Play & Miami Heat’s Slow Start

Somewhere, life-coach Anthony Robbins is smiling. After all, Shaquille O’Neal has finally exercised his ‘personal power’ and accepted responsibility for his sub-par play this season. O’Neal, of course, is an all-time great, but his recent woe- is-me act had grown tiresome …

The Miami Herald reports on Shaquille O’Neal discussing his struggles:

Shaquille O’Neal broke his weeklong silence with the media on Tuesday. Then the Heat center attempted to shatter any notion that pride prevents him from accepting responsibility for his on-court struggles this season. O’Neal said he is having a ”terrible” season and needs to do more to help the Heat overcome a slow start that has left the team in last place in the Eastern Conference for two weeks.

My Very Quick AM Take: Somewhere, life-coach Anthony Robbins is smiling. After all, Shaquille O’Neal has finally exercised his ‘personal power’ and accepted responsibility for his sub-par play this season.

O’Neal, of course, is an all-time great, but his recent woe- is-me act had grown tiresome. The star has been blaming teammates for his lack of touches on offense and poor play. Two points here:

1) O’Neal is averaging less than ten field goal attempts per game. The Heat’s perimeter players should look low more often to establish an inside-outside game, but O’Neal should also average several shot attempts per game just on offensive rebounds and tip plays.

2) O’Neal’s poor conditioning often gets him in foul trouble on defense. Obviously, less time on court means fewer shot attempts and points.

Offensive rebounds and conditioning are things O’Neal can control, so it’s hard for him to point the finger at teammates. Let’s hope yesterday’s admission is the first step in him turning his season around.

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