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Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Shaq hopes to bring NBA back to Newark

By ESPN New York

Shaquille O'Neal, born in Newark in 1972, is still steamed that the NBA will be leaving New Jersey after this season. (Whether there is a this season, of course, remains to be seen.)

In a Q&A published in the New York Times, Shaq reiterated that he wants to bring an NBA team back to Newark after the Nets leave for Brooklyn:

How will the Knicks and Nets do?

Shaq: With the Knicks, Carmelo and Amare got together late. I think with a full season together they’ll be much better. The Nets? I don't know who the Nets are.

You've talked about owning a team someday. Do you still want to do that?

Shaq:Yes. And I'm looking forward to bringing a team to Newark. I haven't spoken to Mayor Booker about it yet, but I'm working on it. I know Newark can support an NBA. team. And I’m going to be one of the guys that’s going to bring a team there.