Tuesday , Nov , 04 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Shaq Takes Blame for Phoenix Losses

When the Suns failed to advance to the second round of the playoffs after acquiring O’Neal in a midseason deal, he took the blame over Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire.

"If we don’t win, that’s my fault," O’Neal said. "I accept it. I’m harder on myself than any of you guys could ever be on me. That’s why all of you writers don’t bother me. I accept that. I’ve been that way since my rookie year.

"If you want to be the man, you have to accept what comes with being the man. You want to be the man and you want to make a lot of money and you want to be able to do yo