Shaquille O’Neal Claims He Nixed Portland Trade

Shaquille O’Neal, the Big General Manager, couldn’t resist letting everyone know that he is still master of his destiny and in control of all that he surveys after his trade to Cleveland left him without comment on his own vociferous Twitter account this week for nearly 24 hours.

Shaquille ONeal at the White House

(The Big Envoy)

Therefore, Shaq let slip that Phoenix Suns president/GM Steve Kerr received interest from Portland for the Big Center of Attention during last season’s trade deadline, but he put his huge foot down on those discussions.  Except, of course, no one else seems to think it happened like that.

The Trail Blazers claim (anonymously) that there was never any interest in wedging against the salary cap for the Big Rose Garden since Portland didn’t expect to go for the championship last season.  Steve Kerr has been blissfully quiet, but he can’t be thrilled to hear O’Neal claiming veto power on trades.

However, you can understand why Shaq wouldn’t want to play in Portland.  Oregon’s local police chiefs probably aren’t as enamored by celebrities asking for free badges as they are in Phoenix or Miami.