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Shaq still dominant ... while he's on the floor

Updated: May 10, 2006, 5:27 PM ET
By Adrian Wojnarowski | Special to ESPN.com

MIAMI -- All along here, Shaquille O'Neal believed it would be he and Pat Riley chasing the championship together.

From the beginning, on the shores of glistening Biscayne Bay, Shaq called him "Coach," a bond born out of his respect for Riles' stature. Shaq, the son of a U.S. Army sergeant, has always been rooted in reverence for the authoritative figures in his life. No, Stan Van Gundy never stood a chance.

Riles and Shaq were destined to be together on the floor. Still, time ...

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