Sounds like Shaquille O’Neal would much rather spend some time with Danica Patrick than Dwight Howard.

O’Neal dished on both of those athletes prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Saturday at Daytona International Speedway, where he was scheduled to give the command to start engines along with “Grown Ups 2” co-stars Kevin James and Adam Sandler.

O’Neal, who played eight seasons of his 19-year NBA career for Los Angeles and won three championships while with the Lakers, wasn’t surprised with the news he heard Friday that Howard would leave the Lakers after one season and will sign with Houston.

“It was expected,” O’Neal said. “We’ve all been in LA, and not a lot of people can handle being under the bright lights.

“Everybody wants to do it, but when you get there, there’s certain pressures. I think it was a safe move for him to go to a little town like Houston.”

Houston is a pretty big city in itself and after O’Neal made that comment, there was a silent pause before he said, “That’s right. Little town. I said it.”