Finally finished with Stephon Marbury and Kevin Garnett, the Seattle SuperSonics now face a bigger obstacle: Shaquille O'Neal.

At 7-foot-1 and 315 pounds, the Los Angeles Lakers center is the biggest obstacle in the NBA, the Sonics say."He's as tough as anybody in the league to stop," Jim McIlvaine said. "His size, the way he gets positioning in transition situations, the ability of his teammates to get him the ball where he wants."

After overcoming a 2-1 deficit to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves in their first-round playoff series, the Sonics open a Western Conference semifinal against the Lakers Monday night at Key Arena.