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O’Neal Rejoins Magic

April 7, 1996

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ Shaquille O’Neal, who missed two games last week because of the death of his grandmother, rejoined the team in the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bulls.

The All-Star center arrived at Orlando Arena shortly before tipoff and received a stading ovation when he trotted out of the tunnel from the locker room and took a seat on the bench with just under four minutes remaining in the opening period.

He was on the floor for the start of the second quarter.

Team officials who attended the funeral of O’Neal’s maternal grandmother in Jersey City, N.J., said they had not spoken with the player since the services Saturday afternoon.

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