Suns host Lakers as Shaq meets up with Kobe again

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A report surfaced last week that Shaquille O'Neal might want to end his career with the Los Angeles Lakers. They probably don't have any interest in him right now.

His latest reunion with Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson already made this matchup of the Pacific Division's top teams intriguing, but O'Neal's recent comments -- besides the fines levied against him -- have heightened the interest as the Lakers visit the Phoenix Suns tonight.

Despite being signed with Phoenix through next season, O'Neal told the "Sacramento Bee" that he would be interested in going back to the Lakers after his current contract expires.

He won three straight championships alongside Bryant in Los Angeles from 2000-02, though a feud between the two was blamed for why the dynasty ended and O'Neal was traded to Miami.

The Lakers stand 8-1 and seem to be doing fine without O'Neal.

Meanwhile, the Suns are 8-4 with "Shaq" so far this season.

The only game in which O'Neal faced the Lakers in a Phoenix uniform -- and the most recent between these teams -- came on Feb. 20, when he had 15 points and nine rebounds in a 130-124 loss.

Bryant scored 41 points.

At 4-0, Los Angeles is the only team without a road loss this season.

The Suns are 3-2 at home and they lost both meetings with the Lakers at US Airways Center last season.