Thursday , Nov , 20 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Shaq Denies Comments about Lakers

Asked, "Would you rule out going back to the Lakers?" by the Bee, O’Neal said: "I don’t know. I don’t really think that far ahead. I know I’ve got two years left and then at the end of the two years, I’ll just look at my options."

O’Neal reiterated as much Wednesday, saying, "I have a great relationship with Steve Kerr. When I’m done here, we’ll see what happens. Going back that way, no, it never came out of my mouth."

He continued denying comments, not realizing the source until the end, saying, "Oh, that’s who said that (expletive)? Scott (Howard-Cooper)? I didn’t know it was Scott."