Tuesday , Apr , 29 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Phoenix Suns Back Mike D’Antoni

"I’ve been around a lot of guys, a lot of coaches," Suns center Shaquille O’Neal said. "I think he’s the right guy. He really is. He’s an excellent, excellent man. He has a great relationship and a great rapport with the players. It’s our job to make him look good. They’ve been looking good the last few years before I got here. They just could never get over the hump but there are a lot of teams that have never got over the hump.

"Mike D is the excellent guy for the job. Luckily, I’ve been on four championship teams with some great Hall of Fame coaches. I’ve got to put Mike D in that category. It’s never the coach. It’s always the players."

O’Neal’s theme about the players is similar to that of another past MVP. [AZ Central]