O'Neal's great-grandmother dies

Updated: December 10, 2008, 2:04 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

PHOENIX -- Phoenix Suns center Shaquille O'Neal will miss tonight's game against the Los Angeles Lakers after the death of his 92-year-old great-grandmother.

Cillar O'Neal died this week. Funeral services are in New Jersey.

O'Neal will be replaced by rookie Robin Lopez at center for the nationally televised game (10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).

O'Neal said he hopes to return in time for Friday night's home game against Orlando.

O'Neal scored 35 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and blocked three shots in Tuesday's win by the Suns over Milwaukee.

Information from The Associated Press is included in this report