Anyone catch the interview that ran yesterday? What were your thoughts? Take away the Pistons/Heat rivalry, in here is my opinion on Shaq: I am convinced that Shaq is probably the best personality in sports. I know most are not fond of his grandiose, speaking about himself in the 3rd person, larger than life persona...but hey, I like it. Perhaps, because I like the entertainment value Shaq brings to the league. Maybe because I at times can be cocky and I like slinging the banter around when appropriate. ;) Hell, or maybe it's just because I find him likeable. He is far from boring and unquestionably one of the most dominant if not THE most dominant force ever to hit the NBA. ...and there isn't a better interview in sports today. The impression I get from Shaq is that he is a clown. He yearns for attention, but more prevelant for me is that he yearns to entertain. Beneath all the cockiness, tricky rhetoric, and 7 foot intimidating frame is a man who appears to have a good heart and a commitment toward helping people. I was really impressed with his interview on Quite Frankly. I had no idea that Shaq contributed so much to the community, in particular to the Katrina Relief crisis. Apparently, Shaq payed for buses, housing, medical supplies, books, etc... and more impressively lended a helping hand to the effort in person after the very first 24 hours. That's gettin off your @ss and makin' something happen. Anyone with money can write a check...but to get over there in that mayhem and start helping the people to me is admirable. All without a press release. No praise. He just did it. As the interview progresses we learn that New Orleans is only one city that he has vested into. He has been commited to helping every area that he touches....with his rational being that his father always told him that "If you are able to help someone, then help someone". Now I'm not naive enough to think that Shaq is the only NBA player to help out in this crisis. I know everyone is doing there part to try to help. I think what impressed me the most is that when Shaq did his part (given his celeb status) there was no fanfare involved. Perhaps his agenda truly is to entertain and to help. I think he is succeeding. So in my opinion, Shaq doesn't really need to be a sheriff of a small town to really help people as he aspires to do...he just needs to keep being Shaq and lead by example. Just no more Shaq in a bottle movies! Outside of the serious tone of Katrina's wrath, some of the best moments come from his remarks about Eric Dampier ("This isn't the WNBA!") , his desire to purchase the Orlando Magic ("Because I don't want to give up my house") and why he didn't actively pursue Michael Finley ("You figure it out"). ...and he even admitted that to get to the championship he HAS to go through DETROIT. Great interview. Thoughts?