"The first thing I learned was, you can't be nice. You know, the first time I made it to the Finals, we lost the Finals because I was a nice guy. I respected Hakeem Olajuwon too much. Yeah, he had his way with me — he scored 25, I scored 24 — but I was too nice." — Shaquille O'Neal on TNT's "Inside the NBA," Monday night.
A response* by Hakeem Olajuwon, who actually averaged 32.8 points, 11.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, two blocks and two steals per game in the Houston Rockets' sweep of O'Neal's Orlando Magic, making 56 shots on Shaq in four games:
* Response may not be real.