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  1. Celtics "close" to signing Shaquille O'Neal

    Aug 3, 2010, 4:39 PM EDT

    If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. According to A. Sherrod Blakely of Comcast SportsNet, the Celtics are “close” to signing free agent center Shaquille O’Neal to a contract. Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer says the Cavs have not been talking to the Celtics about a sign-and-trade, so this deal is very likely…

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

    Aug 3, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    It 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…

  3. What can we really expect from Shaq this year?

    Aug 1, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

    Shaquille O’Neal is still looking for a team. August has arrived, and the FMD (Former Most Dominant) is unemployed. It seems reasonable that Shaq would be towards the end of the free agent acquisitions. He’s in the awkward cross-section of expensive and old, both of which are in the short list of words that make…

  4. All of a sudden, Dwight Howard is the voice of reason

    Jul 31, 2010, 2:25 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard has never been accused of being the coolest cucumber in the refrigerator. He’s generally considered a silly young buck. But in a recent interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution, he showed a tremendous amount of perspective regarding how teams build themselves for the playoffs, and the treacherous nature of building…

  5. Boston Celtic options: Shaq or Kwame. Maybe choose door No. 3.

    Jul 30, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

    Boston wants one more center, one more big man on the roster. The two best out there: Shaquille O’Neal and Kwame Brown. And according to Marc Stein of ESPN the Celtics are looking at those options. The problem? The Celtics only have minimum money left. Sources say they’re having trouble getting Brown to accept those…

  6. Shaq sings to Justin Bieber (and not well)

    Jul 30, 2010, 3:55 PM EDT

    Yes this is backstage footage of Shaquille O’Neal signing to Justin Bieber. Yes, we are fairly sure this is a sign of the apocalypse. So is Shaq vs., which he also has been shooting this summer. I will try to make one basketball tie in — Shaq is rumored to want to be on the…

  7. Shaquille O'Neal's latest delusion involves the Celtics

    Jul 24, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Helpful tip for NBA free-agents. If you’re looking at possible teams to join? Try looking at their roster first. If they happen to employ someone who plays your position and plays at well, for more money and is younger? They’re probably not interested. If they employ two, halve that percentage they’re into you. Shaquille O’Neal…

  8. Where will Shaq land? Not where he wants to.

    Jul 21, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

    Shaquille O’Neal made $20 million last season. He’s actually made at least that since 2001. Right now, he can’t get an offer for more than $2 million, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. There were reports of Atlanta offering him the mid-level exception of two years at $5.8 million, but we learned during Summer League…

  9. Report: Atlanta not interested in Shaquille O'Neal

    Jul 16, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    There was a time Thursday night when radio stations in Atlanta were reporting that radio stations in Cleveland were saying a deal to sign-and-trade Shaquille O’Neal to the Hawks had been agreed to, according to Eric Knappenberger. Meanwhile, up in Cleveland, radio stations were reporting that radio stations in Atlanta were reporting the deal was…

  10. Knicks talking about Shaquille O'Neal deal, but it's not going to happen

    Jul 15, 2010, 10:36 AM EDT

    The Knicks have talked with the Cleveland Cavaliers about a sign-and-trade that brings them Shaquille O’Neal. Teams talk all the time. They talk like you and your buddies do about trades in your fantasy league. They ask about everything, some of it highly illogical. They do very little of it. And according to the New…

  11. The reality: Shaq is not going to Miami

    Jul 14, 2010, 10:52 AM EDT

    Of course Shaquille O’Neal wants to be in Miami — he likes to be in the middle of the circus (as one Heat source said in Vegas). And next season there will be no bigger circus, no bigger spotlight than Miami. Plus, they could use a center, so… So what? When Shaq left Miami last…

  12. Report: Mavericks targeting Harrington with mid-level exception

    Jul 13, 2010, 5:38 PM EDT

    Marc Stein of ESPN.com is reporting that the Dallas Mavericks will target free agent power forward Al Harrington with their mid-level exception.  Earlier on Tuesday, the Mavericks completed a trade for centers Tyson Chandler and Alexis Ajinca; now it appears that they are searching for a big man with three-point range to round out their…

  13. Dirk Nowitzki: "I want Shaq"

    Jul 13, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    The Dallas Mavericks are trying to decide if they want to take on Shquille O’Neal and all that comes with him. But their star player has weighed in on that: “I want Shaq.” That’s what Dirk Nowitzki told a German publication (via the fantastic DallasBasketball.com). The question is, do the Mavericks really need him? They…

  14. Shaquille O'Neal wants to join the Spurs, talks have taken place

    Jul 7, 2010, 7:01 PM EDT

    Shaquille O’Neal a Spur? That may be in the Book of Revelations as one of the signs of the Apocalypse. We’ll check and get back to you. But it may be a reality, not just a sign of the end times. According to FanHouse, Shaq had had interest from the Spurs and that is his…

  15. Could the Hawks really look to trade Josh Smith?

    Jul 6, 2010, 11:56 AM EDT

    I won’t for a second claim to know what any of the decision-makers in Atlanta are thinking, but some rumors make you wonder if they are at all. Tim Povtak of NBA FanHouse posted a story linking the Hawks to Shaquille O’Neal (not crazy about it the idea, but why not?), and as something of…

  16. Report: Atlanta Hawks make two year offer to Shaquille O'Neal

    Jul 6, 2010, 9:49 AM EDT

    UPDATE July 6, 9:49 am: Perry Rogers, Shaq’s agent, denies that any offer has been made. He said they are still listening to Boston, Dallas and Atlanta. This is what agents do, keep options open for clients. However, frameworks are discussed before offers are made. So Atlanta wants to know Shaq’s reaction to two years…

  17. Is Shaq a possible replacement for Sheed?

    Jun 27, 2010, 8:42 AM EDT

    The Celtics are about to enter a very uncomfortable time in the life of a franchise. Their best produced roster, with four Hall of Famers (at least), a stunning young point guard, and a range of versatile bigs failed to win a championship. Ray Allen is a free agent. Paul Pierce will opt out. And…

  18. NBA finals Video: Kobe has one more than Shaq, and would like to tell you so

    Jun 18, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    There’s a surreality to the tone of championship teams. Even after five titles, Kobe still appears stunned that he’s reached the summit again. Phil Jackson, with 11 rings (one for the pinky toe?) still seems like the entire experience is odd. Oddly in the video below, it’s only Pau Gasol who seems nonplussed. And of…

  19. Quote of the day, where the Shaq/Kobe feud lives on

    Jun 18, 2010, 8:37 AM EDT

    “Just got one more than Shaq. You can take that to the bank.” –Kobe Bryant after Game 7, on what winning his fifth championship means to him individually.

  20. Nets move to Newark may actually help with a free agent: Shaq

    May 15, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    When the Nets announced a relocation to the Prudential Center, it was largely seen as an addition by subtraction. You subtract the IZOD Center and you add an arena that isn’t referred to as something resembling a trash compactor. But other than that, there wasn’t much to get excited about in a relocation to the…

  21. NBA Playoffs, Celtics Cavaliers Game 6: Shaq has plenty riding on this game, too

    May 13, 2010, 2:41 PM EDT

    In 10 years, we’re all going to really miss Shaquille O’Neal. The player, I mean. Shaq the pop culture personality will still be around on one reality show or another. But on the court he’ll be missed, the classic bruising big body, but with amazing quickness for his size. In some ways, his legacy is…

  22. Quote of the day, where the answer is Bennett Salvatore

    May 13, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    “I never got any rest in Miami. I still don’t know how we won that championship [in 2006]. F—— partied every night in Miami.” –Shaquille O’Neal, talking about his time in South Beach, er, with the Miami Heat. From an interview in Sports Illustrated.

  23. NBA Playoffs, Cavs v. Celtics Game 6: Shaq identifies the elephant in the room, but that doesn't make it disappear

    May 13, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

    LeBron James blew it big time on Tuesday, and tonight will be his chance to redeem himself. That wasn’t the only storyline from Game 5 though, as the Cavs struggled in just about every way possible to keep pace with an awfully impressive Celtics team. The problem with James’ particularly woeful performance was that in…

  24. NBA Playoffs: Shaq, Duncan, Kobe, and the one for the thumb

    May 9, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    At Spurs blog Pounding the Rock, a discussion for today’s Game 4 centers around a plea from a fan to not allow the Spurs’ dynasty to die. But a line caught my eye. “I don’t want it to be over. I so desperately want to see Tim (Duncan) get his fifth ring (before Shaq, before…

  25. LeBron speaks about his elbow: It hurts sometimes.

    May 7, 2010, 12:38 PM EDT

    We’ve heard directly from LeBron’s elbow today. Turns out he’s pretty funny. But we’ve also got the actual LeBron talking seriously about his elbow, too. Courtesy Brian Windhorst writing for ESPN: “If it’s hurting throughout the game; there’s no way it can stay off your mind,” James said. “You want to be conscious about it,…

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