Marion set to go back to Phoenix, where Shaq will be awaiting the Heat

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Shawn Marion was a fan favorite in Phoenix for many years, a stalwart of the run-and-gun Suns teams that were perennial playoff contenders.

But his return to Phoenix will be overshadowed by a 7-foot-1 guy who overshadows just about everything.

When Marion and the Miami Heat visit the Suns tonight, it'll be the first time Shaquille O'Neal sees the Heat since the trade that brought closure to a rapidly decaying relationship toward the end of last season.

O'Neal says it's just another game, but even some of his current teammates aren't buying that story.

Odds are, Suns fans will be thrilled to see Marion.

Most Heat players seem ambivalent to seeing Shaq again.

He doesn't keep in regular contact with most players on Miami's roster and Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem are the only Heat starters remaining from the 2006 NBA title team, the highlight of Shaq's 3 1/2 seasons in South Florida.

And even Shaq acknowledges that he doesn't speak with Wade anymore.

If past stats are any indication, O'Neal could be primed for a big night.

In his first games against the Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers after leaving those two franchises, he averaged 24 points and 14 rebounds.