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It's official: Shaq is the Big Shamrock

Aug 4, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Celtics_Logo.gifDespite rumors that the deal had been hung up over money, the Boston Celtics have made it official.

Shaquille O’Neal is a member of the Boston Celtics. The deal is for the veteran’s minimum of $1.4 million.

“It is not every day that you can add a player of Shaquille’s caliber to your team,” said Danny Ainge, Celtics President of Basketball Operations. “His past experience speaks for itself and we believe that he is a great fit for our roster.”

Here is the official quote from Shaq, although you can be sure more entertaining ones (quotes not written by handlers) will be coming soon.

“I am honored to be joining the Celtics,” said O’Neal. “I have played against Paul, Ray, Kevin, Rajon, and Jermaine for many years and it will be great to be able to call them my teammates. I cannot wait to get to Boston to get started in pursuit of another championship.”

We’ve expressed our concerns about this deal — there are risks on both sides. But for both sides, this union may be the best way to a championship.

  1. yeah buddy - Aug 4, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    he better not do anything to F up the chemistry we have on this team

  2. yeah buddy - Aug 4, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    i also hope he doesn’t walk back up the court to play defense like he’s done on everyteam he’s been on

  3. hnirobert - Aug 4, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    The Celts just lost any chance they had to compete with the Heat, Magic and Bulls. Also, I think the Big Tea Bag is a better name for him now.

  4. Die-hard Laker Fan - Aug 4, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    A sure sign of how far Shaq has fallen and how little he’ll actually do to help the girls in green is that I don’t even care about this signing.
    Go Lakers!!

  5. Sean - Aug 4, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    This is going to be awesome!!!

  6. james - Aug 4, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    Taste this Kobe!!! Great signing and best frontline in the NBA. Go s…

  7. dball - Aug 4, 2010 at 6:03 PM

    Buy Dunkin’ Donuts stock now!

  8. chiliD - Aug 4, 2010 at 6:23 PM

    Ok, so what’s the “over/under” until Shaq starts calling himself “the Big Leprechaun”?? I say 12 hours.
    The Celtics got BOTH O’Neals about 4 years too late. (just like the Lakers got Malone & Payton 4 years too late back in 2005). Tank empty on both….or at best “running on fumes”.
    As long as this lets the Celtics knock Miami out of the playoffs, good enough for me.
    GO LAKERS!! 3-PEAT!!!

  9. Anonymous - Aug 4, 2010 at 6:24 PM

    Lakers have the best front line in the nba still. don’t forget who won the championship. If we’d of had a healthy bynum, Celtics would of got swept.

  10. beballin - Aug 4, 2010 at 6:25 PM

    Just call him….wait for it…..wait for it……Rent A Center……

  11. dembones123 - Aug 4, 2010 at 6:26 PM

    Is Shaq still playing?

  12. dembones123 - Aug 4, 2010 at 6:28 PM

    Is Shaq still playing?

  13. radrlord - Aug 4, 2010 at 6:29 PM

    C’mon, Lakers have the best front line in the game. Miami,Boston, y’all just tryin to be competitive. We are tougher now than before. If Lakers had a healthy Bynum, Boston would of got swept. Can’t wait to see Bynum against shamrock, Bynum will dominate him,now. Bynum could run up and down the court twice before the big shamrock can do it once. I’ll take Gasol, Bynum, Odom any day.

  14. BostonFansRMorons - Aug 4, 2010 at 6:39 PM

    Looks like the Boston AARP just added another senior citizen to their ancient roster. Talk about desperation. Can’t wait to see the Heat and Magic smoke their decrepit azzes.

  15. Adamstown - Aug 4, 2010 at 6:43 PM

    The Big Leprechaun

  16. ralph - Aug 4, 2010 at 6:47 PM

    funny how shaq keeps trying to fit in only with contenders because he still wants to remain in the limelight, but its not gonna happen, he should be gratefull for the 4 rings he already has, perhaps he can give the big 3 a ring apiece then they all could have 2 rings apiece cause thats the closest garnett , allen and pierce will get to winning a 2nd title. also most GREAT players in this league have only worn one uniform and not six uniforms I guess shaq can now be oficially classified as a journeyman!

  17. Anonymous - Aug 4, 2010 at 6:49 PM

    f Shaq…..even better for the Lakers no Boston added another clown to their roster

  18. please - Aug 4, 2010 at 6:59 PM

    Shaq would have preferred to take the minimum and retire as a Laker where his prime years took place. Unfortunately Shaq badly burned a bridge, not just with Kobe, but with Jerry Buss for his “injured on company time, gonna rehab on company time” comments and his delayed surgery had him missing the first three months of 2003 and a shot at a 4 peat. Buss (and Kobe) never forgave him for that and was the primary driver for his ticket out of LA. Now by signing with the rival Celtics, Shaq has cost any chance of having his #34 hoisted from the rafters at Staples Center…kind of sad really….he likely will not have his number retired by any franchise…

  19. Obvious? - Aug 4, 2010 at 7:01 PM

    I think the Lakers will take it again next year, but come on. “If Lakers had a healthy Bynum…” Yeah, they’ve been saying that for quite a while now, haven’t they? I wouldn’t put a lot of stock in that happening.

  20. jblakers42 - Aug 4, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    Kobe ain’t gotta taste nothin….
    he’s sitting there w/5 rings and will most likely get his 6th ring, tying him w/alpha and omega of basketball (Michael Jordan)..
    this is great justice
    when Shaq won that bootleg ring w/Miami (the last 2 games of that year’s finals, he barely got any clock), Shaq thought he got the better of Kobe, he may have won that year’s battle, but Kobe has won the war
    GO LAKERS…let’s go for another title, BACK TO BACK TO BACK

  21. jblakers42 - Aug 4, 2010 at 7:09 PM

    Kobe ain’t gotta taste nothin….
    he’s sitting there w/5 rings and will most likely get his 6th ring, tying him w/alpha and omega of basketball (Michael Jordan)..
    this is great justice
    when Shaq won that bootleg ring w/Miami (the last 2 games of that year’s finals, he barely got any clock), Shaq thought he got the better of Kobe, he may have won that year’s battle, but Kobe has won the war
    GO LAKERS…let’s go for another title, BACK TO BACK TO BACK

  22. Ridiculous. - Aug 4, 2010 at 7:11 PM

    You really think Shaq’s jersey won’t be hoisted up in L.A. one day? I guarantee you it will be, even if it takes a little bit for people to soften up. There’s no doubt that Kobe is a better player now–and people forget what an @sshole he was a great portion of his career, mainly because championships cure everything–but NO ONE playing during that stretch was as dominant as Shaq. That feels like a long time ago, but there are few centers in NBA history who could match up with him when he was at his best. He got lazy and petty and could have prolonged his career if he, you know, actually took care of himself like he was a professional athlete…but he made other centers look helpless.

  23. Anonymous - Aug 4, 2010 at 7:19 PM

    OK yes he was dominant at one point but whereas Kobe seems to have matured, Shaq digressed and you cannot deny that when those three titles were won under Shaq and Kobe, other than the first one when Shaq was regular season mvp, Kobe was clearly the best player on the team during the 2001-2002 titles. Shaq may have won finals mvps but those titles were already won over the tough west against Portland, SAntonio and Sacramento…ask Popovich, Adelman or Dunleavy who the MVP was of the West Conference finals and they will all say Kobe. As dominant as Shaq was, the man could never be counted on to close a tight game cause he could not make free throws even in his prime.

  24. babegurlrena - Aug 4, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    we did not need him for anything…who wants extra weight that just sits there.. seriously this is the worst decision eva. his ass needs to start SHAMROCK BOOTCAMP tomorrow..

  25. Ridiculous - Aug 4, 2010 at 7:30 PM

    I agree Kobe has matured. He’s the most competitive player in the league and deserves the accolades he’s gotten (which have been considerable). At that point in his career, though, he was not as valuable as Shaq. I believe that Shaq’s jersey will be hoisted in the rafters in Los Angeles one day, which was my only argument. Agreed that his free throws hurt him terribly. It’s scary to know what he would have accomplished if he could have hit a decent percentage. Understand I’m not some big Shaq fan. I just think people tend to forget how dominant he was. Other teams had to rack up on big men NOT WITH the HOPES OF STOPPING HIM, but because they knew that it was possible two or three may foul out in the attempt to slow him down. Winners get the last laugh, and Kobe deserves any laughing he’s doing now. He’s good for at least one more…and with the team they have, who knows?

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