Wednesday , Nov , 12 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Shaq Aims for 60 Games this Year

Shaquille O’Neal has played in 60 games in only one of the past three seasons – barely eclipsing the mark with 61 last season. By sitting him out of the second game of back-to-back sets, Porter said the idea is to avoid injuries and get 60-plus games out of O’Neal.

But the Suns must learn how to play without him better than they did in Friday’s loss at Chicago.

"People talk about the old Suns teams," Suns coach Terry Porter said. "Name one of those teams that had a 7-2, 300-pound guy that played in the middle. It’s totally different. Just the whole makeup of this team is different.