Heat president Pat Riley remembered calling the team’s owner and saying they had a chance at acquiring a “once-in-a-lifetime player” who was strong, fast and agile, could score, run, dunk and laugh, was charismatic and a global icon, and wears a size-22 sneaker.
(Owner) Micky Arison asked if Riley was serious about the Heat obtaining (Shaquille) O’Neal; Riley said he was and recalled how Arison began screaming with joy.
While O’Neal said he was on the “downslide of his career,” Riley noted that the team wouldn’t have won the title without him and that the star center “changed our franchise.”
Source: Baxter Holmes of ESPN
Sources: Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge Agree on Extension
San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge has reached agreement on a contract extension, league sources tell ESPN. The deal includes a partial guarantee in the third year.
Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge has reached agreement on a three-year, $72.3M contract extension, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 16, 2017
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
LeBron James Still Uncertain for Season Opener
LeBron James tested his injured left ankle during a portion of practice Sunday, but it’s still not known if he’ll play in Cleveland’s season opener.
James has been slowed since spraining his ankle in practice on Sept. 27. The three-time NBA champion sat out the Cavaliers’ first three exhibition games before making his debut last week against Chicago. He played 30 minutes but may have aggravated his ankle while making a spin move in the loss.
Source: USA Today Sports
Rodney Hood, Jazz Don’t Come to Agreement on Extension
Rodney Hood and the Utah Jazz will not come to an agreement on a contract extension, barring a last minute change, sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune, clearing the way for Hood to become a restricted free agent next summer.