How to get Shaq out of a Toe Jam

by Mark Patton, Santa Barbara News Press
June 7, 2002

Clifford Ray of the Golden State Warriors was one of the first so-called “big man” coaches in the NBA, and he knows who could help Shaquille O’Neal the most these days: Dr. K.

This is no modern-day Julius Erving, but rather Santa Barbara’s Gloria Kaye.

Gloria doesn’t know much about the jump hook, the reverse pivot or free-throw shooting. But Ray thinks she could get the Lakers’ banged-up big man through their NBA final series with New Jersey.

That is, if Shaq would just return her phone calls.

Kaye is a PhD in clinical psychology, a yoga expert and author who also operates the Energetic Healing Institute. She describes herself, simply, as a healer — and she believes she could get Shaq’s arthritic toe and achy wrist feeling well again.

Ray, NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry, and a couple of players with the Golden State Warriors think so, too. She’s helped them all.

“I’ve always gotten results from her,” said Ray, a 10-year veteran of the NBA who is now a Warriors’ assistant coach. “You can definitely feel the energy when she lays her hands on you.”
Kaye says there is a physiological explanation for her healing abilities.

“It’s an inherited gift,” she said. “My great aunt had the ability, too. What I do is very specific. I believe it’s an electric charge which disperses the cells, or reenergizes them. That’s why the healing happens so quickly.”

She sent out some feelers to O’Neal through several NBA sources, including agent Leonard Armato, who is another one of her patients. But that got her no toe-hold with Shaq, who dropped Armato as his agent a while ago.

“I’ve just about given up on that one,” Kaye said of her Shaq quest. “I usually don’t press it — if someone isn’t interested in my work, I just let it be — except in the case of Shaq. But I’ve exhausted all my resources.”

But then again, maybe Shaq has a subscription to the News-Press.

Kaye has written books on the subject of healing, one of which — “Is There a Healer in the House?” — eventually made it onto Barry’s shelf. The former Warrior superstar was struggling with knee problems a few years ago when he decided to give Dr. K a shot.

“She came over, laid her hands on my knee, and I couldn’t believe how good it felt afterward,” he said. “I can be a doubting Thomas — I’ve got to first see something like this work — but I’m willing to give it a try. I’m not close-minded about something that could possibly help me.

“You’ve got nothing to lose — except your pain and discomfort, which is pretty nice.”

Barry was coaching the USBL’s New Jersey franchise four years ago with Ray, his former Warrior teammate, when he got him in touch with Kaye. Chronic stomach problems had Ray at his wit’s end.

“It would usually hit me during the basketball season,” Ray said. “I was always feeling nauseated. Rick told me, ‘I have a friend who should do a treatment for you.’ Gloria was out on the East Coast, visiting in Philadelphia, and she came over to work on me.”

“I went the rest of the season without feeling nauseated, and no normal medicine had helped me to that point. I was quite surprised, because I had tried everything.”

He recently brought Kaye to San Francisco to help with his pain and swollen leg after having knee replacement surgery.

“Clifford’s always asking me, ‘Where’s Gloria?’” said Barry, who has a sports talk show on KNBR Radio in San Francisco.

Ray believes in her so much that he put her in touch with Golden State centers Adonal Foyle and Erick Dampier during the preseason, as well as power forward Corie Blount before his trade to Philadelphia.

Foyle had been bothered by foot problems, while Dampier struggled with tender ankles.

“Adonal’s feet were constantly hurting him, but at the end of our sessions he was pain-free,” said Kaye. She also showed Dampier some exercises which have kept his ankles in better shape.

The remedies didn’t do much to help the Warriors’ painful record, which was tied for the worst in the NBA. But then, she says she heals pain — not ailing jump shots.

Kaye said she doesn’t have to come in physical contact with her patient for her energy projections to work. Earlier this year, she was in a local bar, watching the Warriors play on television, when she heard a patron mention that he had pulled his left quadricep muscle in a softball game that day.

She asked him where it hurt, and then did “a long-distance healing” from a few bar stools away.

“She didn’t say she was going to heal me or anything to that effect,” said 32-year-old Brian Markle, the softball player who also works as an electrical engineer. “We went back to watching the game and after about 10 minutes, she asked me how the leg felt. I stretched it, lifted my knee up to my chest, and the pain was completely gone.

“I put myself in the category of skeptic when it comes to these kind of things, but this totally blew me away. I had been in a lot of pain. About a half-hour later, it started to hurt again a little, but only about 10 to 15 percent to what it had been.”

Come to think of it, I last talked to Gloria Kaye three Laker games ago. In that time, Shaq has scored 41, 35, and 36 points for the streaking Lakers.

Just maybe, Dr. K has given the big fella a long-distance shot in the arm …er toe.

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