Shaquille O'Neal is the latest Los Angeles Lakers connection to join a group headed by former Hollywood agent and Disney executive Michael Ovitz that's trying to bring an NFL team to the Los Angeles area.

Among others in the group are Lakers executive vice president Jerry West and former Lakers star Magic Johnson."I love football, it's the first sport I ever played," O'Neal was quoted as saying in Tuesday's Los Angeles Times. "I remember intercepting a pass in my freshman year in high school and returning it for a touchdown and then someone hitting me in the knee late. That was it for my football career.

"But who wouldn't want to own a football team and be working with someone like Michael Ovitz? Me, wanting to be an entrepreneur, I look at Ovitz and he's already had that dream career."