There were no basketball games Monday at Staples Center, only an event that might have patched up some differences between Shaquille O'Neal and the Lakers.
If time heals all wounds, O'Neal has tried to cleanse whatever ill will he created during his eight-season Lakers run.
He sparred publicly with Kobe Bryant back then, infamously bellowed "Now you gonna pay me?" at Jerry Buss during an exhibition game, and then did the unthinkable — won a championship with Miami two years after Buss, then the Lakers' owner, traded him in 2004.
Lakers fans forgot his immense talent, his magnetic personality, his never-ending desire to make people laugh — teammates,...