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City mourns loss of star center

Updated: July 20, 2004, 4:47 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- The Lakers decided they can live without Shaquille O'Neal, but can Los Angeles?

The stunning departure of the legendary 7-footer for Miami has left behind more than a pair of size 22 sneakers to fill. In a city that manufactures celebrity -- indeed, thrives on it -- O'Neal was his own brand. Like Michael Jordan before him, the popularity of the G-rated giant only started on the basketball court.

It wasn't just the thundering dunks, the three NBA championships or ...

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