Shaq won't offer advice for LeBron


Shaquille O'Neal won't be offering advice to LeBron James.

Even if James asked him?

"No," said Shaq, during a red, white and green carpet interview before his retirement party at the Palms on Saturday.

"Experience is the best teacher," he said, adding, "Michael (Jordan) told me 'You must fall before you can stand.' "

O'Neal hopes to be back in the NBA soon as a color commentator. He confirmed he has auditioned for jobs.

Then he headed off to Moon nightclub, where he later asked DJ Exodus to play some of Michael Jackson's biggest hits as a tribute to the King of Pop, who died two years ago on June 25.

Many in the club sang along.

The multicolored carpet was a nod to DJ Pauly D, who is Italian and just returned from Italy, where "Jersey Shore" was being filmed.

He'll be returning to the Palms to shoot a "Jersey Shore" spinoff at the Palms.

"It's going to be 'Entourage' meets 'Hangover,' " he said.

O'Neal, who recently retired after 18 NBA seasons, dined at Nove Italiano and later spent 30 minutes on the mic at Moon. During the party, he had visits from New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, illusionist Criss Angel and DJ Pauly D.

NICK CHARLES REMEMBERED

Former CNN sportscaster Nick Charles, who died Saturday at the age of 64, is being mourned in Las Vegas.

Charles rose from a Chicago cabdriver to CNN'S first sports anchor, a post he held for 20 years.

He was diagnosed with bladder cancer two years ago.

Mike Tyson, a close friend, offered these words on Twitter: "Mourning the loss of a true warrior. My friend & brother, Nick Charles."

Charles had many friends in local boxing and media circles.

In 1989, Charles was approached by a 16-year-old Las Vegan after a live report to hype the rematch between Sugar Ray Leonard and Tommy Hearns.

The kid stayed in touch with Charles and the friendship led to an internship at CNN in 1991 for the budding journalist.

One year later, at the age of 19, the kid, Mario Diaz, announced his first world championship boxing match in Spanish for HBO Pay-Per-View before landing at KTNV-TV, Channel 13 as sports anchor.

Last month Diaz moved to New York City to return to the TV ranks as a reporter for WPIX-TV.

THE SCENE AND HEARD

After more than a year of sharing her Las Vegas insights on the Vegas Chatter blog, British writer Julia Buckley headed back to London on Sunday. In addition to her luggage, she took an inked reminder with her. To remember good times at the Sahara, she had the geographic coordinates of the recently closed Vegas hotel tattooed on her wrist -- the exact location of the Sahara's porte cochere.

SIGHTINGS

Britney Spears, arriving at 1 a.m. Sunday with her boyfriend, Jason Trawick, her manager and dancers to host the official grand opening of Club Nikki at Tropicana Las Vegas. Spears ordered orange juice and water. No media photos or video were allowed by her camp. ... At Tao (The Venetian) on Saturday: Solange Knowles, celebrating her 25th birthday at Tao and Marquee (Cosmopolitan); Nicole Scherzinger, celebrating her 33rd birthday at Marquee on Friday; also partying at Marquee, Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat. ... Michael Del Zotto of the New York Rangers, celebrating his 21st birthday with a group that included MMA fighter Sam Stout.

THE PUNCH LINE

"Your best player is named Shaquille Wasserstein" -- From David Letterman's Top Ten Signs Your Team Is Not Going To Win The NBA Finals

Norm Clarke can be reached at 702-383-0244 or norm@reviewjournal.com. Find additional sightings and more online at www.normclarke.com. Follow Norm on Twitter @Norm_Clarke.

 

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