Asked what he thought about NBA superstar Dwight Howard signing with the Houston Rockets this week, Coke Zero 400 honorary starter Shaquille O'Neal opted to take the conversation elsewhere.
"Well, I'm looking forward to seeing Dale Earnhardt Jr. today on the track. Danica Patrick is one of my favorites," said O'Neal, who appeared Saturday afternoon in the Daytona media center with "Grown Ups 2" co-stars and co-starters Kevin James and Adam Sandler. "I hope she wins. She's very beautiful. She's very feisty. I love the way she competes."
Asked what he likes about Patrick in particular, O'Neal responded: "Honestly, she's hot -- smokin'. Danica ? call me!"
"Don't do it, Danica!" chimed in Sandler.
Turning his attention to the NBA, O'Neal continued his stand-up act.
"The Dwight Howard thing? It was expected," he said. "We've all been in L.A., and not a lot of people can handle being under the bright lights.
"Everybody wants to do it, but when you get there, there are certain pressures. I think it was a safe move for him to go to a little town like Houston. That's right. Little town. I said it."