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Shaq says he just wants to win, will come off the bench to do it

Aug 10, 2010, 12:36 PM EST

Shaq_Boston.jpgThere was nothing crazy from Shaquille O’Neal at his introductory press conference as a Celtic.

Wearing a bow tie was about the only unexpected thing he did at the event. Every word out of his mouth was what you want to hear if you’re a Celtics fan. Like, would he be willing to come off the bench?

“If that’s what it takes for us to win that’s fine with me.”

Or if he and Kendrick Perkins — who have had some physical battles over the years — can get along.

“We’ve had some battles. But that’s all over now because we’re teammates.”

Or if after a long search, one where he was looking for more money, he would be happy with a minimum deal with Boston?

“For me it was not really a tough decision to make, I just wanted to be with a great team, to continue to win.”

The concerns with Shaq in Boston were always less about on the court — although his legendary freelancing on defense and not sticking with the system could get interesting. Would he be a disruption to a solid locker room, or would he do and say the right things? Would he bring the circus to town around a team that has prided itself on focus?

One press conference really does not answer those questions. But Celtics fans have to like the way it started. Well, except for maybe the bow tie.

  1. TheNewBigThree - Aug 10, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    Now we have The Big Ticket, Ticket Stub, and Ticket Booth.

  2. Nick - Aug 10, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    Shaq is stupid.
    He has always been stupid.

  3. Mgeezy - Aug 10, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    Nick….you are stupid!

  4. Anonymous - Aug 10, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    lol

  5. pt - Aug 10, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    I’m with Nick on this one.
    Mgeezy is a stupid name.

  6. ROBERTP - Aug 10, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    CELTICS Will win this season, for sure.
    Shaq addition is a good deal for the team.
    bertp

  7. LAvato - Aug 10, 2010 at 6:27 PM

    Shaq just lost his place in the Staples rafters..no place for a Celtic among the Laker greats..hope that green suit fits the “big dope”

  8. Marky Mark - Aug 10, 2010 at 8:11 PM

    I am tired of hearing about Shaq and Tracy McGrady. I didn’t realize that mediocre players with big egos were worthy of this many stories.

  9. ocgunslinger - Aug 11, 2010 at 10:08 AM

    Shaq will help the Celtics. Probably will mean as much to the Celtics as he did to the Cav’s. Celtic’s will win….but not 4 out of the final 7.

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