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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. Tai - Jul 24, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    thy mightaswell for the vets minimum it doesn’t hurt them at all still have the ability to sign a good player with sheeds deal previous reports said that he wanted a sign and trade for around the 7-8 million mark im not sure how much 120% of sheeds deal is but that i what i heard he wanted i don’t like that at all so im happy hes willing for the vets minmumtht gives us 2 guys hu can give u 20 and 10 at the center spot on the odd occassion and it allows bodies to be thrown at quite a few guys and jermaine will def play some 4 so i don’t hate that deal at all we must try and wor sheeds deal for somehu can score and rebound to a degree i would of liked lee but hes such a loser he just motivated by moneya player like that i wouldn’t even want on the cs anyway
    i say wh not especially if its for the vets min if thy can get rodney carney on the vets min thn i like tht deal and if we can wor a double sign and trade gaffney and oliver for rudy i like our team a hell of alot i tihn rodney carney is an upgrade of marquis in every aspect and his long arms allow him to guard the 3 and the 2 and he can now shoot the ball 85% form the stripe and 30+ percentage from trifecta territory

  2. ron - Jul 24, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    shaq sucks, horrible defender. dont waste money, every team he has been on lately does not win anything

  3. Omnius - Jul 24, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Shaq should hang up the Nikes and go play sheriff. I’m sure the Celtics are smart enough to realize he won’t help them get back to teh NBA Finals. I’m surprised he hasn’t lobbied his old buddy Wade to get on the Heatstroke, the most hated team in the NBA. Shaq used to be great and he really should hang it up before he makes a real fool of himself next season. Going to be fun watching which team is stupid enough to take him on, but then I’m sure there are plenty of hard up teams looking for help at center. Glad the Lakers shored up their big men on the bench with Theo Ratliff after Josh Powell bailed out. The Repeat World Champion Lakers are going to whip up on the Heatstroke if the Heatstroke can eve get past the Celtics or Orlando in the Eastern CreamPuff Conference. Lakers will Threepeat!

  4. loungefly - Jul 24, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    not true. he would be a great pick-up for a playoff bound team…on the bench..at the vet minimum. In certain situations, he is still very effective causing match up problems. I think you are under estimating the lack of “true big men” in the league.

  5. weezilgirl - Jul 24, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    Tai, I didn’t read your post and it was probably an interesting one. I just don’t do run on posts.

  6. jbwayb - Jul 24, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    what an illiterate post! I assume you probably have a college degree.

  7. tattooed1 - Jul 24, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    tai,
    could you at least learn how to type and spell? that is what is wrong with the internet, anyone can run their mouth.

  8. in FLORIDA - Jul 24, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    the only “value” Shaq can bring to a team like the Celtics is that of being a “mentor” to a player like Perkins. Shaq can NOT finish a game, his free throw shooting has never improved and its a liability in end-game situations. aside from the mentoring possibility, he’s now officially a waste product. why sign him… to anything?

  9. ron - Jul 24, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    i am not underestimating him at all. he causes no matchup problems at all. cleveland could not win with him. suns were much better without him. boston won without him. why would they need him.he is not hard worker,ego huge. will not help in locker room. his time is over. get over it

  10. Michael - Jul 24, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    Meh, all he wants is a chance to win another title. I say why not. Perkins (in my opinion) has always been expandable. J O’Neil can start, and Shaq can back him up. Provided we get some cap room for Perkins I see this one working out fairly well for the Celtics

  11. empire wizard - Jul 24, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    give him a break, please. he is just trying to be like “SIR CHARLES, CARL MALONE, LEBRON JAMES, and “the WORM”. excuse me, the “WORM” was already a winner. the others just tried.

  12. empire wizard - Jul 24, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    give him a break, please. he is just trying to be like “SIR CHARLES, CARL MALONE, LEBRON JAMES, and “the WORM”. excuse me, the “WORM” was already a winner. the others just tried. according to my record books, “SHAQ” is already a winner as well. any assistance in any form that he can is a “FEATHER” in his cap for those who came after him.

  13. james mckay - Jul 24, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    This would be a great pick up.
    1. Helps until Perk returns
    2. Good #s last yr 12/7
    3. Great passer and sets awesome picks
    4. Will not let Kobe drive (or anyone else) to the hoop
    5. Wants to beat Kobe and the Lakers BAD!!!
    Again, put him at the high post where he can set picks for Rondo, Ray and PP. Then Rondo has free reign to the hoop and Shaq can follow; literally in only 2 steps. I love this and if Sheed comes back then the line-up for the 2nd unit can be Shaq/JO/Sheed/Daniels/Robinson (and the other bench players mixed in at different times as needed). And with the starters you could have Shaq/JO/KG/PP or Ray/Rondo. The matchups would be brutal at times and Shaq would be helped on his pick & roll defense issues with the Cs great team defense. The guy is a flat out winner and seeing Kobe try and drive would be great ’cause Shaq will put him down hard. Get this done. Go Cs…

  14. WR - Jul 24, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    Why don’t the Celts resign Bill Russell? He looks in better shape than Shaq.

  15. WR - Jul 24, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    Why don’t the Celts resign Bill Russell? He looks in better shape than Shaq.

  16. WR - Jul 24, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    Why don’t the Celts resign Bill Russell? He looks in better shape than Shaq. At least Bill Russell can rebound and shoot foul shots!

  17. WR - Jul 24, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    Why don’t the Celts resign Bill Russell? He looks in better shape than Shaq. At least Bill Russell can rebound and shoot foul shots!

  18. sydney - Jul 24, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    WR,that was very funny… but by the fourth time, it kind of lost its “luster.”

  19. philip - Jul 24, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    i think that cavaliers finish first and if i am not making any mistakes shaq was in this team and before injured has good statistics!!! i thing that this team won lakers easy!!!! one more thing who can play shaq man to man Dwight Howard? i dont think he can!! bosh no perkins no bynum no!!!!!! you should respect more shaq he desarves more respect!!! my opinion if shaq goes to boston, celtics are champions next year he will win Dwight Howard and bynum and only with HIM celtics can win Miamis LJ,DW,CB!!!!!!!

  20. Mike - Jul 24, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    I have a headache after reading this. Mix in some punctuation.

  21. Anonymous - Jul 24, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    These reasons don’t work because it seems to mask the fact that you don’t want the Celtics and Shaq to come together.League minimum for Shaq? Why not? Starting? Why not?
    As I see it Perkins’ injury is really a bad one.Something that Bernard King was not able to recover from and had to retire.Penny Hardaway. ANdrew Bynum is still not recovered.
    Shaq will only sign for a year. Let him start. Perkins comes back, he will not be in shape and will not be a 100% until the 2011-12 season.
    Shaq wants a ring to tie and get the better of Kobe by beating the Lakers in the Finals.this will only happen 1 time and 1 chance only.We all know there will never be a rematch if this happens.So Why not?
    The Celtics want revenge and to take a 2-1 advantage over the Lakers in this Era and increase that fragile Championship 17-16 lead to 18-16 which is important that they have a say on it by playing the Lakers again.
    Bring in Shaq. That will at least get the Lakers nervous and distracted a bit and ease the pressure on the Celtics.
    The question that I have is, why don’t you want this to happen? Are you a Shaq hater or a laker fan?
    Cards down. I want the Celtics to meet them again and beat the Lakers.I want the Celtics to get all the help they can get.The Celtics aren’t exactly young anymore.
    How about you? Why not right?

  22. topher - Jul 24, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    Ok-say Celtics sign Shaq. If he starts, you got a problem with the other O’Neil. Jermaine signed on with Boston knowing he would possibly start then come off the bench for the younger Perkins. To come off the bench for the older Shaq is going to cause some problems. It is human nature. If Shaq is off the bench for Jermaine then you have “The Big Ego” causing problems in the dressing room ala Allen Iverson. Then Perkins comes back and expects to move into the starting position. Now you are going to have one O’Neil who is not going to get minutes and be pissed. Team chemistry is as important as talent. Shaq has some game left but he has proven he is more interested in helping Shaq than any team. Besides Cleveland, every team he has left there has been bad blood (Orlando, Los Angeles, Miami) or controversy (Phoenix) and there is still time for Cleveland. If you think the Big three can control him or management, check out his history. Beware Celtics fans for what you wish; you may get more than you bargain. If I were Ainge, I’d be looking elsewhere.

  23. jp - Jul 24, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    Guesses on Tai’s Nationality? Geez! Trade sheeds contract and 2nd rd pick for Shaq. Pick up A.I. for vet min? Be the like the Justice league TAI’s nationality?

  24. Anonymous - Jul 24, 2010 at 6:28 PM

    Wow, that was harsh! You must be a fan of the teams Shaq wripe the floor with on his way to his championship rings… Say it ain’t so?

  25. ter - Jul 24, 2010 at 7:36 PM

    why wouldn’t shaq want to play with his son? anyone that was there knew his mom was sleeping with the lsu team and it is common knowledge that he is pobably the father. look close and it is obvious. how options and how many men are that big? i think he wants to “school” his son

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