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Shaquille O’Neal

  1. Shaq has post-career life as a sheriff planned out, but first he wants a ring (and to be seen)

    Sep 6, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    There are plenty of people that think Shaquille O’Neal is just play cops and robbers like a big kid, that he’s not serious. He’s actually very serious. The latest example: His interview with the New Orleans Times-Picayune about his post-basketball plans: I’m either going to be the sheriff in Baton Rouge, Miami or Los Angeles.…

  2. Oscar Robertson would ask that you kindly get off LeBron's back

    Sep 5, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

    There’s a chance, remote as it may be, that LeBron James may average a triple-double this season. And yet, even in dominating the league with spectacular play, he will be booed, hated upon, reviled for his decision to leave Miami. But the man that invented the triple double, NBA Hall-of-Fame legend Oscar Robertson thinks people…

  3. Shaq says Cleveland was selfish, unlike Boston

    Sep 4, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    It’s been one of those questions about this season’s Boston Celtics: Will the selfless chemistry that defined this team remain the same with Shaquille O’Neal and Jermaine O’Neal and a full year of Nate Robinson? Probably, the leadership at the top of the big three will set the tone. And in case you were worried,…

  4. Shaq the wedding crasher

    Sep 3, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

    The only people to crash my wedding were relatives who didn’t get an invite for a reason, but it’s a celebration so you welcome everyone. Kristen and Wes Schifone have a way, way better story. One they told to NESN in Boston. Shaquille O’Neal wandered into their wedding at the Four Seasons, underdressed and not…

  5. Will the Celtics defense be as good next year?

    Aug 31, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    For all the talk about getting the old gang back together in Boston for one more run, it isn’t exactly the same old gang that is coming back next year. And the changes that are coming could cut right to the core of what won Boston one title and almost two — great defense. Jeff…

  6. Shaq in the city

    Aug 30, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

    Is there a better idea then turning Shaquille O’Neal loose in a city and following him around with cameras? No, no there isn’t. That’s what the Boston Globe did. What we learn is that he is still a big person — one not really built for historic doorways and stoops — and a big personality…

  7. Shaq on Kobe: "I only compete with the big guys"

    Aug 29, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    Shaquille O’Neal versus Kobe Bryant has become one of the most popular feuds in the NBA. Because they are former teammates and due to the rap disses and press conference disses and general bad blood, it’s natural to wonder how O’Neal feels about Kobe having five rings to his four. O’Neal, though says that he…

  8. Kobe's not going anywhere, ever.

    Aug 28, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Alongside his tasty little Voltron quote about the Heat, Kobe Bryant dropped another nugget soundbyte yesterday that bears repeating, if only as an admission of what we already know. As a guest of teammate Derek Fisher on Jim Rome is Burning, Bryant said that he was “99.9 sure” he is retiring as a Laker (via…

  9. Doc Rivers on the Lakers: "They still have not beaten our starting five"

    Aug 23, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers came back to the Celtics because he wanted to make one more run at it with this group, he believed that this unit had one more title in it. Of course, there are a couple obstacles to that. For one, there’s that Laker team that just beat the Celtics in the finals. But…

  10. Kendrick Perkins says Shaq is "a good pickup"

    Aug 20, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

    Starting center for the Boston Celtics is Kendrick Perkins job, he’s just not going to be able to do prove it until January. So two other guys have been brought in to keep the seat warm — and provide some front line depth for the playoffs. Jermaine O’Neal will be your starter for the season…

  11. Doc Rivers gave Shaq a reality check before Boston signed him

    Aug 16, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Shaquille O’Neal was still on the market late in the free agent season in large part because of his demands. He was asking for at least the mid-level exception. He wanted a key role on the team. Basically, he wanted to be treated like the Shaq of 2005. Boston was interested in him, but not…

  12. Can Boston start an all future hall of famers lineup?

    Aug 16, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

    We said it before — if this were 2000 the Boston Celtics would be an unstoppable force. And yes, I know Rajon Rondo would have been 14 at the time, wouldn’t have mattered with Shaq, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in their primes. But it is a decade later, and the Celtics have…

  13. Quote of the day: That will be Dr. Shaq, to you

    Aug 14, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    “I’m done with the nicknames. Actually, when I obtain my doctorate, I will not allow people to call me Shaq anymore, either.” –Shaquille O’Neal, being interviewed in the New York Times, on his nickname in Boston and how he is working on his doctorate at Barry University in Florida.

  14. Video: Shaq's introduction in Boston — he's all about the winning

    Aug 10, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

      Some highlights from the Big Shamrock’s introduction to the Boston faithful. Not everyone can pull off a bowtie, for the record.

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

    Aug 10, 2010, 12:36 PM EDT

    There 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…

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

    Aug 8, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Rasheed 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…

  17. Celtic defector Tom Thibodeau reflects on the Shaq signing

    Aug 7, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau will always have a special place in the Celtic lore. While he may not have been the physical manifestation of the Boston’s remarkable Championship-level defense or knocked down clutch shots, he was as much a part of the C’s 2007 title formula as anyone. As the architect of the team D that reintroduced…

  18. Atlanta is apparently very, very desperate for another center

    Aug 6, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    The Hawks were long linked to Shaquille O’Neal, but despite the Hawk’s need for a big, strong post defender (to tackle the challenges Al Horford is ill-suited for) and some interior scoring (ATL was 21st in the league in field goal attempts at the rim last season), it wasn’t meant to be. O’Neal is now…

  19. Shaq can eat but he is no Joey Chestnut

    Aug 6, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    Nobody who has seen Shaquille O’Neal in the past few years questions that the man can eat. But the man is no professional. Some footage from the upcoming “Shaq vs.” leaked and it has O’Neal taking on professional competitive eater Joey Chestnut — the slayer of Kobayashi — in a hot dog eating contest. And…

  20. Why Shaq didn't go to Atlanta: money and minutes

    Aug 6, 2010, 10:04 AM EDT

    Shaquille O’Neal and his people tried hard. They pushed the idea that he as a bargain at the mid-level exception of $5.8 million, that he was a guy who should start and get big minutes still. That is what got in the way of him coming to Atlanta, and saving face was why he chose…

  21. Celtics loaded with All-Stars, but that is not a good sign

    Aug 6, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Shaquille O’Neal has appeared in 15 All-Star games. He has only danced with the Jabbawockeez at one of them, but he’s been to the game a lot. So have his Celtics teammates — they have 54 All-Star appearances as team. As you might imagine, that is far and away the most in the NBA. That’s…

  22. Can the Heat be beat inside?

    Aug 5, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Nobody is going to be better than the Miami Heat at the two, three and four spots. But picture them playing Orlando. Jameer Nelson has the ball (guarded by Mario Chalmers) and Dwight Howard (covered by Joel Anthony) comes out to set the high pick. That is a hard-to-stop P&R combo for any team, and…

  23. What does Shaq in Boston say about Atlanta? Well, it's not good.

    Aug 4, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

    Atlanta’s management felt the Hawks got pushed around by the Orlando Magic when they were swept out of the playoffs last year. Because they were. So what did they do about it? Nothing, really. I like Josh Powell, he is a better player than he gets credit for (he’s solid as a role player off…

  24. It's official: Shaq is the Big Shamrock

    Aug 4, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

    Despite 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…

  25. Shaq agrees to join Celtics, a smart gamble by both sides

    Aug 4, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

    Is it going to work? Maybe. Maybe not. But it’s going to happen — Shaquille O’Neal has agreed to join the Boston Celtics according to CSN New England, ESPN’s Chris Brossard and a bunch of other sources now. This will be a one-year deal for the league minimum of $1.4 million. Is it a good…

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