SHAQ, EVER THE LOYALIST, TAPES OVER SWOOSH ON LAKERS SHIRTS
As Nike has the Lakers uniform designation this year, Shaquille O'Neal "taped over the swoosh on his shooting shirt, a practice he intends to continue all season," according to an AP report in the HARTFORD COURANT. O'Neal, who endorsers Reebok: "I'm not going to sit here and fight with the league. ... Nike doesn't pay me to wear the swoosh. I'm loyal to my other companies" (HARTFORD COURANT, 10/12).