Friday , Feb , 15 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Shaquille O’Neal In Better Shape than Everyone Thinks

Suns trainer Aaron Nelson said Shaquille O’Neal’s flexibility has ‘vastly improved’ since his arrival in Phoenix.The 7-foot-1 O’Neal’s progress evidently has surprised even the team’s medical staff – and flies in the face of suggestions by Lakers coach Phil Jackson that O’Neal’s ‘foundation’ is shaky. ‘There isn’t any arthritis in his hip causing his problem,’ said Dr. Thomas Carter, the club’s orthopedic surgeon. ‘He is in better structural condition than the vast majority of NBA centers. It was just soft tissue – flexibility and strength. And those guys (on the medical staff) have done a great job with him.’ Click here for more from the Arizona Republic.