Shaq Optimistic About Cavs

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) - Even with his four NBA titles, Shaquille O

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2009 file photo, Phoenix Sun's center Shaquille O'Neal watches the NBA All-Star Rookie Challenge basketball game in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York, file)

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) - Even with his four NBA titles, Shaquille O'Neal says this Cleveland Cavaliers team could be better than all the rest.

That would include the 2000 Lakers, when O'Neal and Kobe Bryant led Los Angeles a 67-15 record and a title.

The Cavaliers won 66 games last season, but lost to Orlando in the Eastern Conference finals. O'Neal says he likes having inside players like Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Anderson Varejao with him, along with shooters LeBron James and Mo Williams.

"It's probably the best team I've ever played on, on paper anyway," O'Neal said Thursday. "I've always been on management to get me the power forward I've needed and the shooters I've needed."

To prepare for this season, O'Neal has taken up a new sport - yoga. His first lesson was Wednesday night.


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