In February of 2008, Steve Kerr, who had taken over as GM of the Phoenix Suns, broke up 7-Seconds-or-Less, forever. He ended one of the greatest offensive teams of all time, with the premise that the team's approach could not succeed in the playoffs (despite multiple playoff victories) due to its inability to get past San Antonio in the infamous Robert-Horry-hip-checks-Steve-Nash-into-the-table-and-somehow-the-Suns-get-punished-more series.

He traded for Shaquille O'Neal, then still an impact player, and the idea was that combining the Suns' offensive explosion with the inside dominance of O'Neal would enable the Suns to compete with the Spurs in the playoffs.

Instead this happened.

That was pretty much it, and apparently the Suns new it. The Arizona Republic reports off of a story mentioned by Grant Hill on "Inside Stuff" over the weekend, where O'Neal in a closed practice after that game put a teammate to sleep. Literally.

Hill redacted a main character from his other story, sharing only that O'Neal put a sleeper hold on a teammate. It was no exaggeration.

The Heat Index filled the gaps in his anecdote. It was April 2008. Imagine the Suns environment after a crushing Game 1 loss at San Antonio when Tim Duncan made a game-tying overtime 3-pointer to spur his team to victory.

There was an awkward discomfort about the off days in San Antonio and a sense that an ashen Mike D'Antoni was coaching the team for a final time.

Who knew just how much he was handling?

It turns out O'Neal and Gordan Giricek, who had been with the Suns for all of six weeks, mixed it up verbally during a closed practice to the point that O'Neal auditioned for his WWE future. He put Giricek in a sleeper hold, except it was no fake. Giricek passed out.