Contain not stop Shaq

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:40 AM ET

Raptors forward-guard Jalen Rose has news for those who believe that Miami centre Shaquille O'Neal can be stopped tonight when he and the Heat visit the Air Canada Centre.

"Shaq's not stoppable," Rose said, matter-of-factly. "Anybody who says Shaq's stoppable is a liar. Or, let them stand in front of him and let them stop him himself. Either one.

"Shaq playing basketball (in the NBA) is like me playing in the backyard on a seven and a half foot rim," Rose added. "If you couldn't play zone and you had to play Shaq one-on-one, he'd be scoring 70-80 points in some games. Fortunately for us, they have the new defensive rules in where you can help and zone and do all that trick stuff."

While Rose said you can't stop O'Neal, you can contain him. "At the end of the day we want to try to find a way to make Shaq earn every inch of the floor in the offensive end and make him work on defence.

"Go out and defend, rebound, keep a body on him, try to keep physical," head coach Sam Mitchell added.

"It's going to take all our big guys to try to wear him down over the course of 48 minutes."

WHAT, SAM WORRY?

The writers at Mad Magazine would have been proud of Mitchell yesterday as he handed out some snappy answers to some silly questions following practice, such as as when he was asked to comment on the schizophrenic nature of his team.

"The what?" he said.

"How does (Rafael) Araujo compare to Shaq?" he was then asked.

"How does who?" Mitchell replied.

Enough said.

At one point Mitchell, inundated with microphones, asked the media horde to move back slightly, prompting a radio guy to say that they needed to be close in order to get the proper audio.

"You won't have the audio if you stick it down my throat," he answered.

Mitchell began his scrum with the ink-stained wretches with: "Alright, what are you going to ask me today, that you haven't asked me yesterday, or the day before, or the day before."


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