July 3, 2009 in Sports

There to serve King


Shaquille O’Neal and his oversized persona debuted in Cleveland on Thursday with a stated goal for next season. His friend LeBron James craves a championship, and O’Neal is here to serve. “My motto is very simple,” O’Neal said. “ ‘Win a Ring for the King.’ ” O’Neal, shown dancing with James at the NBA All-Star game in New Orleans last February, was acquired last week in a blockbuster trade with the Phoenix Suns. He was welcomed by a team that believes he can bring this title-thirsty region its first major pro sports crown in 45 years. “It’s LeBron’s team,” he said. “I’m now in the security business. My job is to protect the King, and that’s what I’m here to do.”

– Associated Press

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