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Shaq still wants to play in Boston. Or wherever they will pay him.

Aug 3, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

shaq_o'neal.jpgIt should be Shaq vs. Free Agency.

And right now free agency is winning — Shaquille O’Neal remains without a team. But on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show Monday night (or early Tuesday morning, if you prefer) Shaq said he would love to play in Boston.

“Celtics would be a good program.”

Shaq said he was on the “730 day program” meaning he wants to play two more years. And he said despite having played for the Lakers, he’d have no problem putting on a Celtics uniform.

The question remains money and fit. Shaq still wants to get paid, at least the mid-level exception of $5.8 million but the reported offers coming in are much smaller. In addition, contending teams are questioning if the big personality of Shaq is worth it for a backup center.

He can still play, he will eventually come to terms with some team. But those terms may be the team’s, not Shaq’s.

  1. ron - Aug 3, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    what a loser. i will play for any body as long as i get 5.8 million. are you kidding. he may get 1 million to do nothing for a loser.

  2. JChang - Aug 3, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    Who better to play for than Boston. All they need him for is two quarters and pay a rotation for the center position. And who better to play for than the Celtics when then beat the Lakers in the finals this year. (Unless the Heat wins of course)

  3. ron - Aug 3, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    he sure did a lot for cavs and suns, played 20 minutes slowed them down, horrible pick n roll defense, always injured, neither team won anything. let him go to boston, and they will be sure celts will not make it to finals.

  4. ocgunslinger - Aug 3, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    Your first 4 words speak volumes. And you are calling Panthur an uneducated moron??? LOL. According to your thinking…..wait a minute….what thinking???

  5. Zachariah Blott - Aug 3, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    Shaq, Iverson, and TMac all may be jobless next year. Here’s an explanation why:
    http://www.hoopskarma.com/hk/2010/8/2/will-shaq-ai-or-tmac-play-next-year.html

  6. yoki - Aug 3, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    He maybe old and slow but he’s still 7’1” 325 pounds of flesh that would be in the middle of that rebounding war zone. He’s offense might have slowed down but his presence in the inside is still there. He would still be much more powerful against other big men. His pick and roll defense is poor but i think the Celtics could work out something about it. All it takes is a little yelling from KG.
    All in all, a 38 year old big man who’s slow and washed up, but will rebound, at least prevent Dwight Howard, LeBron James dominating from the inside for a good 10-20 minutes and still be able to put opposing big men in foul trouble is worth 5 million dollars.
    But c’mon Shaq, stop with the “i’m not coming off the bench” already, does it even matter?
    just an opinion.

  7. Anonymous - Aug 4, 2010 at 3:31 AM

    SO TRUE HE CAN GET WATER FOR THEM THOUGH LMAO

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