Sunday , Mar , 30 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

O’Neal-Riley Feud Continues


If O’Neal thought he was the scapegoat in Miami and the Heat thought he quit, they managed to keep their parting amicable until last week, when O’Neal told the Boston Globe’s Jackie MacMullan, "No one is asking me to play with Chris Quinn or Ricky Davis. I’m actually on a team again."

Replied Heat Coach Pat Riley: "It’s sad that he says those things. We shared so much here together for three years, good and bad."

Responded O’Neal: "I don’t give a . . . what Riley is disappointed in. Sue me."

Said Riley in closing: "We have sutured up the stab wounds in the back."

One day they’ll laugh about this. It’s just not soon. [LA Times]