Shaq: LA spotlight too bright for Dwight Howard

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 6, 2013 at 8:37 pm •  Published: July 6, 2013
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Shaquille O'Neal says the Los Angeles spotlight was too bright for Dwight Howard.

Speaking at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Shaq hammered his former colleague as if they were battling in the post.

O'Neal opened his mouth agape when asked about Howard, who chose to leave the Lakers for the Houston Rockets late Friday, and joked about cheering on Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick in Saturday's race.

A few seconds later, he threw an elbow Howard's way.

"It was expected," Shaq said. "We've all been in L. A., and not a whole lot of people can handle being under the bright lights. Everybody wants to do it, but when you get there, there are certain pressures. I think it was a safe move for him to go to a little town like Houston. That's right, little town. I said it."

O'Neal didn't want to spend much time talking about Howard, though, and quickly tried to stay focused on favorite driver Patrick.

"Danica Patrick is one of my favorites. I hope she wins. She's very feisty. I love the way she competes," O'Neal said.



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