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Shaquille O'Neal's latest delusion involves the Celtics

Jul 24, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

Helpful tip for NBA free-agents. If you’re looking at possible teams to join? Try looking at their roster first. If they happen to employ someone who plays your position and plays at well, for more money and is younger? They’re probably not interested. If they employ two, halve that percentage they’re into you.

Shaquille O’Neal thinks that tip is dumb.

NBA FanHouse’s Tim Povtak reports that Shaq is lobbying the Celtics to sign him for the veteran minimum so he can join the Eastern Conference champs. I’m going to do this bullet points because it makes my head hurt and it’s simpler this way.

  • The Celtics signed Jermaine O’Neal this summer to the MLE.
  • The Celtics still have an injured but coming back Kendrick Perkins on roster. 
  • Shaq is older than most of the remaining fossil fuels on the earth.
  • Notice how all of the rumors about Shaq joining teams are coming from Shaq’s camp.
  • This move would only further seek to resuscitate the Kobe-Shaq feud which is dead in the cold, cold ground.

Shaq can still play. He can. He can rebound, He’s still got more touch around the basket than Dwight Howard, plays defense in the post, can pass, has some quickness, and has all the veteran tricks.

He’s also a monstrous liability in pick and roll defense, can’t extend out to mid-range, is still out of shape, is very old in NBA years, and has been known to be a locker room problem because of the size of his ego.

So there are pluses and minuses.

Perkins is facing a hard come back and the Celtics do need frontcourt help, especially to battle Dwight Howard and Miami’s triple threat.

But Shaq is 38 years old, will still want a starting spot, and we’ve yet to hear any indication that the Celtics are interested in going in this direction. The Celtics taking on a player who isn’t versatile in their help defensive sets doesn’t seem very likely.  This isn’t Penny Hardaway being discussed for the Heat, but you can see it from here.

  1. jay2062376 - Jul 24, 2010 at 8:37 PM

    I say let him play. He’s very much experienced in the game today and I think that the celtics probably realize this as a fact. Also, the chemistry may be there for him to show off what ability he may have left. Don’t sleep on the big guy and if you noticed a few team out there will recruit Shaq. Peace.

  2. James McKay - Jul 24, 2010 at 11:00 PM

    JO can play PF with Shaq at the 5. KG/PP/RA will not let the chemistry suffer. This makes too much sense not to get him. Add Sheed and then the Cs have the best and baddest front court in the NBA. Go Cs…

  3. John - Jul 25, 2010 at 3:16 AM

    you really want to know the truth, he causes unnessary violent contact on the opponent, what happens is what goes around comes around, it becomes a ugly, banged up type of game. baby huey go home. i like to watch a game where guys arn’t trying to maim each other, either playing in a game or watching it. but then that just me. ask perkins about karma.

  4. Tony - Jul 25, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    OMG Shack could play PF? He can’t even stay with the centers anymore, whats he going to do wave at Bosh as he goes by. LeBron would make him look like more of a fool than he already is now! Boston needs youth,they are to old! They beat LA every game untill the 4th quarter than there age caught up with them.It will be worse this year Wade averaged over 30 points against Boston last year alone by himself! Now with LeBron and Bosh and Miller, Boston better bet some youth or they are dead!

  5. NBA - Jul 25, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    If Shaq wants to win one more title before his body breaks down and he’s forced to retire, he needs to put aside his ego and sign for the minimum with Miami.

  6. Anonymous - Jul 25, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    I agree. It is hard to read you Tai. It seems you have something interesting to say but you have so cleverly hidden your meassage in geekspeak that most of us luddites can’t read it. Babble on but it makes my head hurt. Worse than playing scrabble. And Shaq should hang it up while there is still some grace in his step. It is intriguing to think of him with the C’s but realistically, like Kevin McKale, my hero, he should retire before rising to his level of incompetency.

  7. luffy - Jul 25, 2010 at 8:10 PM

    It’s “5” not PF buddy, read James Mckay’s post again…
    Shaq is a good addition to the Celts, be it Bench or Starting 5. Shaq could still score and rebound, defensewise Perk tops him but I doubt he’ll be the same again because of that ACL/MCL injury.
    Like Home for the aged but works for me. If Perk recovers, nevermind Shaq. Still Lakers 3peat in 6 games…

  8. EJC - Jul 26, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    Celts proved that Jermaine Oneal is “VERY” soft, both in the regular season, as well as in the playoffs (just ask an angry D Wade). Celts got their butts kicked on the glass all year and had few second chance points. Perk gets easily frustrated, implodes and misses a LOT of Rondo passes. Big Baby is too short, has no “Barkley-ish” killer instinct and cannot jump. Wallace is all washed up (Shaq out rebounded him last year 6rpg to 4rpg with less minutes). With no money for other free agents, why not???
    Lakers kicked their butts with 7 footers: Gasol, Bynum, Benga and they now have Ratliff as a back-up. Even Artest got key offensive boards. Celts can run, score, defend but they don’t have height. Bring in Shaq and make a run. He has the rings, experience and will defer to the leaders (Kevin, Paul and Ray), as he did Lebron last year.

  9. john - Jul 27, 2010 at 5:20 AM

    how to be stronger on sports ,maybe a nice shoes is important . let us see here , 3w dot maxsneaker dot nl .

  10. JD - Jul 28, 2010 at 4:00 AM

    Shaq can still play give him a chance Boston. You gave Rasheed a chance.

  11. Bill-Sonora - Jul 28, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    As an ex-Laker, how dare he lobby to join the hated Celtics. If he joins them, I dont want him to enter the Hall with a Laker jersey for being a traitor.

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