Shaq on Knicks-Nets, Melo-Amare & Ewing

Shaq was hanging out in the Bronx on Friday night, watching the Yankees-Rays game.

In between innings, he talked to ESPN New York about the Knicks-Nets rivalry, Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire, and Patrick Ewing.

Here are the highlights:

• Shaq doubts that the Nets will overtake the Knicks for Big Apple supremacy.

• He believes Anthony and Stoudemire need to take take things a little more personally in their rivalry against the Heat.

"I think when Carmelo plays against LeBron (James) and (Dwyane Wade), he should take it personally, like he's always talked about last (among the three). When Amare plays against (Chris) Bosh, he should take it personally," O'Neal said. "That's what I always used to do. I played against guys, I used to take it personally that you're not talking about me.

"They need to do that. In order to beat Miami, they've got to."

• And he says Ewing made the right decision in turning down the Knicks' offer to coach their D-League affiliate.

"I think Pat made the correct decision not going to the D-League," O'Neal said. "He's done a lot for the organization and he wants to be a professional (NBA) coach. You have to look at the situation and say to yourself, 'Jacque Vaughn (the new Orlando Magic coach) gets a job before me?'

"So Pat did the correct thing. Hopefully one day a slot will open up for him."

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