SBD/Issue 233/Sports Media
Shaq Responds To Report He Stole TV Show Idea From Nash
Published August 21, 2009
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REAX: L.A. Times columnist Bill Plaschke said of O'Neal possibly stealing Nash's idea, "In Hollywood, it's not about the idea, it's about who can get the idea made. Everybody seems to have the same idea out here, but the bottom line is, can you get it made?" Plaschke: "Bottom line, if Steve was really upset, he'd keep suing." Dallas Morning News columnist Tim Cowlishaw: "If Steve Nash went to the trouble to hire an entertainment lawyer, now he's listed as an executive producer, I tend to think that Shaq probably did take Nash's idea and run with it. That's not the worst thing in the world; the show would sell better with Shaq than it would with Nash. But it sounds like Nash had the idea first" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 8/20). Miami Herald columnist Dan Le Batard: "The show is better with Shaq doing it. … (But) I believe he kind of took Steve Nash's idea and Steve Nash is being nice about it now." ESPN's Michael Wilbon: "You cannot steal ideas from your teammates or anybody else. That's a no-no, and Shaq says he didn't do it" ("PTI," ESPN, 8/20). In L.A., Diane Pucin writes if Cavaliers F LeBron James "has any reality television show ideas," maybe he should "keep them to himself" now that O'Neal has joined the team (L.A. TIMES, 8/21).