Friday , Nov , 21 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Phil Jackson to Shaq: I Would Never Do that to You

After much had been made of Shaquille O’Neal’s comments to the Sacramento Bee – that Lakers coach Phil Jackson contributed to his feud with Kobe Bryant when they were teammates – O’Neal came out of his pregame workout Thursday and saw Jackson. The sweat-drenched O’Neal gave him a hug and whispered to him before saying aloud, "You know I wouldn’t do that to you."

After O’Neal left, Jackson said he thought O’Neal comments were taken out of context and said O’Neal’s departure from the Lakers was because of payroll economics.