Great news, Suns fans: The EAST VALLEY TRIBUNE reports that Shaquille O’Neal has been “fairly diligent” in his off-season training. Which might read like the equivalent of being “mostly dead,” but for Shaq it’s a huge improvement. Yes, he’s still fat, but he’s not nearly as fat as he might be this time of year.
You see, while most large mammals (such as bears) store up fat over the winter, Shaq apparently does the opposite and fattens up during the off-season. Meaning that the Suns are very happy that he’s only 8-10 pounds over the Suns’ target weight for him. Somehow I’m guessing the Suns’ “target weight” is less what they’d ideally like to see him get down to and more “let’s try to weigh less than Oliver Miller, tubby.”