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How Could Things Be Worse For The Magic? Hiring Shaquille O'Neal As The GM

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Have you heard the one about the superstar free agent center who left his team, citing myriad problems within the organization as well as his desire to leave behind a “small pond” market for stardom, and then spent the next decade constantly ripping that team at any chance he got for no good reason, ultimately focusing on its new superstar center, who admired and idolized him enough that he used the same nickname, with an inexplicable vitriol that was later passed off as “all in good fun”, eventually finding himself out of the media spotlight when his career ended, only to use that once-again-hurting franchise to make people talk about him, because, hey, what’s a river of bad blood beneath a burned bridge anyway.

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Why Wouldn't Shaq Join Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Crew?

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Those of you who frequent FilmDrunk know that I have <a href="http://filmdrunk.uproxx.com/2011/09/who-the-heck-are-these-guys-the-filmdrunk-guide-to-happy-madison">a strange fascination with Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison crew</a>, in that I don’t know how – other than riding on the very worn down coattails of Sandler’s career – these guys keep pumping out films.

MITCH HEDBERG

3.30 The Cooler

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Natasha Statia 10 Secret Confessions Of The 2012 Gold-Digger [Vibe Vixen] Shaq Denies Dumping Hoopz [Hello Beautiful] Trina Follows In Nicki Minaj's Footsteps With "Outer Space" [Bark+Bite] Spotify Launches Music Apps with Def Jam & Others [Stupid Dope] Worst Album Covers of All Time [Tastebuds] Let’s [...].

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Morning Links Presented By Shaq's Mac Attack

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This photo of Shaq throwing a girl into a fiery pit or lifting up a Best Buy employee was taken on a Mac, according to my favorite photo sharing website, <a href="http://imgur.com/gallery/1r9X4">Imgur</a>.

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Just How Athletes Should Be Honored… By The Cartoon Network

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Last summer, while both the NFL and NBA were locked out, I questioned why more athletes <a href="http://withleather.uproxx.com/2011/08/the-best-athletes-and-other-stars-from-the-2011-teen-choice-awards#page/1">weren’t attending the Teen Choice Awards</a> to try and gain a little favor from the public.

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Lakers To Retire Shaquille O’Neal’s Jersey

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/shaquille-oneal">Shaquille O'Neal</a> will be taking up space in the Staples Center again next season.

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Pot, Meet Kettle: Shaq Calls Dwight Howard Leaving Orlando A “Travesty”

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Maybe it's the fact <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/dwight-howard" target="_blank">Dwight Howard</a> is the star player at center for the Orlando Magic.

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This Year’s NBA Rookie-Sophomore Challenge To Feature An Innovative Twist

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NBA fans pining for Ricky Rubio to toss an off-the-backboard alley-oop to Blake Griffin may get their wish granted well before the Spanish point guard ever becomes an All Star.

HEADLINES

Kobe Bryant Passes Shaquille O’Neal To Become Fifth All-Time Leading Scorer

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/kobe-byrant" target="_blank">Kobe Bryant's</a> rocky relationship with the City of Brotherly Love took another interesting turn last night.

AARON RODGERS

Darren Rovell Is A Gentleman And The Best Of The Playboy Super Bowl Party

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Back when I was the editor of my student newspaper in college, I drew the ire and attention of the local chapter of the National Organization of Women after I wrote a harmless entertainment editorial about how the James Bond franchise should be celebrated for creating empowering characters in the Bond girls.

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1.26 The Cooler

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Ashley Sky Porn Actress Tori Black Arrested After Breast Milk Fight [Film Drunk] Pat Sajak: I Hosted 'Wheel Of Fortune' Drunk [Warming Glow] Megaupload Founder Kim Dotcom Preps Album [Rolling Stone] Teenage Girl Calls Cops To Report Mom Having Loud Sex [MSN] A-Trak’s 10 Favorite [...].

BASKETBALL

Dear Saturday Night Live, Please Stop Making Us Hate Charles Barkley

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I ran into Charles Barkley at a bar in Orlando on my 30th birthday a few years back, as he was in town for the NBA playoffs, and I had two of my paid escorts attractive lady friends approach him and ask if he’d take a picture with me for my birthday and he said no.

KID ROCK

12.23 The Cooler

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Congressman Regrets Knocking Michelle Obama's "Large Posterior" [CBS] Shaq Will Compete At Wrestlemania [With Leather] Kid Rock, Detroit Church Donate Gifts To Needy [AP] Chicago Dealership Is Offering Free Cars if Bears Shut Out the Packers [LBS] Holiday Myths Debunked [CNN] Ranking Musicians by How [...].

BASKETBALL

Report: Shaq Will Compete At Wrestlemania

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If you don't like pro wrestling, you may not understand the near-constant, terrible game of mental chess going on in the heads of its fans.

DREW BREES

Remember Power Balance Bracelets? They’re Back, In Lawsuit Form

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Hey there, With Leather reader, were you one of the lucky, forthright individuals who thought a hologram-embedded band could be scientifically proven to enhance balance, flexibility and strength because Shaq and Drew Brees and some tennis players said so.

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Wild Card Wednesday: Hooters Loves Matt Leinart, Celebs Love UFC, And Zhou Lulu!

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Welcome to another installment of Wild Card Wednesday, as I try to cram together all of the awesome, random things that we've been missing out on in favor of the big stories and half-naked Marisa Miller.

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A Dynasty Of Morning Links

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Links Shaq Talks About The Moment The Lakers Dynasty Died - Stupid Deadspin, always getting the exclusives.

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Shaq Talks About The Moment The Lakers Dynasty Died

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Low key, the Shaq/Kobe era was one of the greatest and most debate-inducing in basketball history.

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Shaq And His Sleazy Former Computer Guy Are Trying To Ruin Each Other

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While I was eating lunch today I read <a href="http://www.miaminewtimes.com/content/printVersion/3059051/">this gigantic bombshell report by the Miami New Times</a> on the on-going war between Shaquille O'Neal and his former IT guy, Shawn Darling, and it's just WHOA.


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