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July 24, 2004

Palm Beach Post

Shaquille O'Neal entered Miami in an 18-wheeler diesel truck Tuesday to media coverage normally reserved for the Popemobile or a slow-speed Bronco chase. Miami television stations carried it live with helicopter views. Some 250 reporters and camera operators swarmed AmericanAirlines Arena for the most heralded arrival of a sports star in South Florida history. Miami Mayor Manny Diaz presented the All-Star center with a key to the city and a proclamation of Shaq Day, the sort of red-carpet treatment usually accorded to, say, the king of Spain or visitors from the Vatican. "I was telling my wife I felt like the president," O'Neal said, launching into an a cappella version of Hail to the Chief.

Posted by acapnews at July 24, 2004 9:42 AM

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