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Shaq wants Sheed to come back to Boston and form a real frontcourt logjam

Aug 8, 2010, 2:00 PM EST

Thumbnail image for Rwallace_sad.jpgRasheed Wallace is on the fence about retirement — last year was physically hard for him, but the chance to come back with a team to make one more run at a title has to be a big temptation.

Shaquille O’Neal — the newest member of the Celtics frontcourt, told Comcast Sports New England he wants him back.

“I know Rasheed is thinking about coming back,” said O’Neal, who was in attendance at a charity basketball game in Orlando, Fla. “Rasheed, go on and come back for one or two more years.”

Players always want more good players on their team — but Boston’s frontcourt is already pretty crowded.

Kevin Garnett and Jermaine O’Neal will be your starters. Shaq will come in off the bench for the other O’Neal, Glen Davis will spell KG. So in that scenario, there are already pretty limited minutes for Sheed, but there are some. However, how many shots are there for him? Not many.

Then what happens when Kendrick Perkins returns around the All-Star Game? Wallace would be cut back heavily.

The Celtics would love to have Sheed back in that role (even the fans seem willing to take him back in a more limited role than he had last year). But does Sheed himself want to chase a ring largely as a spectator for a year? Would he be happy with the limited minutes and role he would have? That’s the question only he can answer and would guide his return.

  1. andyprough - Aug 8, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    “But does Sheed himself want to chase a ring largely as a spectator for a year? Would he be happy with the limited minutes and role he would have?”
    Seems like that was the role that Robert Horry agreed to for his last two titles for the Spurs. Very few minutes or shots during the regular season, but they always needed his 3-pointer along with a little bit of nasty big-man-defense come playoff time.

  2. terry - Aug 8, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    andyprough – you hit the nail right on the head
    a little bit of ‘nasty big-man defense come playoff time’ can go a LONG way

  3. Dara - Aug 8, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    Yes Rasheed come back!!!

  4. Petey - Aug 8, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    I really hope Roscoe does come back. His defense on Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol was the single most heroic thing in the entire ’10 playoffs.

  5. Cordae - Aug 8, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    The Big bald spot has one more year left =/..

  6. Lopes - Aug 8, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    Spectator? There will be plenty of playing time for Wallace, Shaq is only going to play like half of the season anyways.

  7. davidly - Aug 8, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    Sure he’d get less minutes. But they could keep him in decent shape for the playoffs when, as they showed this past season, is what really matters. Celts might’ve won had Wallace started the whole series. I say they’d have a better chance with him hanging around and playing a few minutes a night.

  8. Gerald - Aug 8, 2010 at 9:53 PM

    I like the idea of it all but we need a back up point guard for rondo.

  9. Jerryg - Aug 8, 2010 at 10:08 PM

    @Gerald: That’s what they’ve got Nate Robinson and their first round draft pick for. They need another shooing 2 guard to spell Allen and who cane play defense. T. Allen could play D, but his offense was sad.

  10. dog see - Aug 8, 2010 at 10:17 PM

    come on back sheed, lets trade perk for a good wingman..perk sux even when he’s healthy

  11. CF98 - Aug 9, 2010 at 8:12 AM

    Will be interesting to see how Sheed/Shaq can coexist

  12. Unknown - Aug 9, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    Of course Shaq wants Sheed to come back – BECAUSE SHAQ WILL SPEND ALL OF HIS TIME ON THE BENCH IN FOUL TROUBLE – LIKE HE ALWAY DOES! LOSER OLD MAN CHASING HIS YOUTH! HE SHOULD HAVE RETIRED WITH CLASS – NOW HE IS JUST GOING TO MAKE A FOOL OF HIMSELF!

  13. DYYHARD - Aug 9, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    DAMN THIS TEAM WOULD HAVE GONE 82-0 – 5 YEARS AGO.

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