They Said It

The Kickoff

March 08, 2006

"I'm very disappointed. He's one of the best players in the game, and we're going to need a pesky guy like him to go up against the European pesky players that they have."

Shaquille O'Neal

Miami Heat center (above), on Allen Iverson's not being named to the USA national basketball team

"I tell people that the way I define Kirby Puckett's popularity is by the thousands and thousands of dogs and cats named after him throughout the Upper Midwest. Kirby and I always laughed about that."

Dave St. Peter

Minnesota Twins president, on the late Hall of Fame outfielder

"I'm disappointed in him. He should stick with his normal dress code and go in a T-shirt to that. He's succumbing to the man."

Mike Breen

ABC announcer, on Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who attended Sunday night's Academy Awards. [ From wire and Web reports]

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