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The Big Shamrock (UPDATE)

Posted on: August 3, 2010 4:58 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2010 10:46 am
 
Shaquille O'Neal is about to take his talents to South Bay -- Boston, that is. The 38-year-old, 15-time All-Star is close to agreeing to a deal with the Celtics, a person with knowledge of the agreement confirmed to CBSSports.com.

Shaq, soon to be known as the Big Shamrock -- or, fill in your favorite nickname -- is on the verge of accepting the veteran's minimum starting at about $1.4 million, the person with knowledge of the deal said. The number of years was still being worked out Tuesday, but Comcast SportsNet-New England -- which first reported the Shaq-to-Celtics news -- said O'Neal is seeking a two-year deal. In all likelihood, the second year would be a player's option.

As Royce Young pointed out , the fit is ideal for both O'Neal and the Celtics. Shaq, who struck out in his bid for a fifth championship last season with LeBron James in Cleveland, wants one more shot with a veteran-laden, contending team. The Celtics, who already have added another O'Neal (Jermaine) to bolster their frontcourt, needed another experienced big man to help them navigate the early part of the regular season while Kendrick Perkins recovers from a knee injury sustained in the Finals against the Lakers.

Shaq had significant talks with the Hawks about bolstering their young roster with his experience, but the Celtics are a better fit. The no-nonsense, winning culture that Doc Rivers has created will be the perfect environment for Shaq to thrive with whatever abilities he has left in the tank. Based on his increased production in the playoffs, it appeared to me that Shaq had more to offer last season than former Cavs coach Mike Brown was willing to give him a chance to provide. Rivers, however, will have to wrestle with the glaring deficiency in Shaq's game at this stage of his career -- the same issue that caused Brown to skimp on his minutes last season: Shaq's defensive abilities have declined far more than his offensive talents.

Rivers will have to figure out a way to incorporate Shaq into the Celtics' team defensive concepts, a task that won't be easy with the departure of associate head coach Tom Thibodeau, architect of Boston's defense during the Big Three era. But once Perkins is back, Shaq's presence will give Rivers more flexibility with his front line in the playoffs than he's had in recent years. When he needs a basket on the block, he can go to Shaq. When the situation calls for a defensive presence, he can go with Perkins.

When he needs a free throw from either one, forget it -- but hey, nobody has a perfect plan for next season other than the Miami Heat. At least Shaq didn't wind up there.

In all seriousness, O'Neal's presence in Boston could represent the Big Antidote to Miami's Big Three of James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The only glaring weakness in the Heat's rotation is at the center position, so Shaq-to-Boston makes even more sense when you consider that. And we won't have long to wait to see it happen, with the Heat and Celtics reportedly opening the 2010-11 regular season on Oct. 26 in Boston.






Comments

Since: Jul 30, 2010
Posted on: August 11, 2010 9:35 pm
 

The Big Shamrock (UPDATE)

Like Lebron and Bosh, Shaq was begging to come back to LA with the Lakers. But we didn't want that worn out piece of trash. 



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2010 12:30 am
 

The Big Shamrock (UPDATE)

fans share the blame as well.   but make no mistake about it, the NBA players want the glamour.  don't fool yourself.  since when does it call for a player to be loyal to the team ???????????  your echoing my thoughts exactly.  all about 'me me me', and the team is out the window.  I understand the player has rights & goals & an agenda, as he should.  So does the team, as it should.  They work together in harmony.  But to say when does it call for a player to show loyalty to a team ?  c'mon !  Michael played for the Wizards.  Exactly !  not the knicks or the heat.  Karl Malone & Gary Payton both made weak attempts with the lakers.  As Sir Charles says, why not just retire with dignity instead of selling out !  And you're right, many players you mentioned did play for other teams to close out there careers.  But not there Arch Rivals.  And besides, using poor decision making to defend there actions is....'poor'.



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: August 4, 2010 5:28 pm
 

The Big Shamrock (UPDATE)

Bottom line is who improved the most in the off-season? Have the Celtics really improved that much by adding Shaq and losing Perkins and Wallace? I would say no, not much improvement. Have the Magic improved, probably not, but, I would have to give them the edge over the Celtics, because, believe it or not Shaq fans, Perkins defended better than Shaq can against Howard, so edge to Magic. Then, of course, the Heat, which I think everyone would agree would have the edge against the Celtics. So, really, at the end of the day, the Celtics may have fallen a slot in the East, given the improvement and maturity of the Bulls and may be the 4th best team in the East and if they happen to reach the finals against the Lakers, I would say the Lakers improved in the off-season more than the Celtics and the Lakers already beat them in 7, so, I am not sure what all the excitement is about adding a player that is clearly over his prime and actually may have made the Celtics worse than they were before the signing. However, we all know Celtic fans and if they rolled out freaking Bill Walton, they would annoint the team as overall favroties to win it all again for like the 5th year in a row now. We are all used to this dance. Good luck making it out of the East Celtic's, I am one who is betting against it and then what, you will be a year older and closer to the Abyss again for another 10 years.



Since: May 20, 2010
Posted on: August 4, 2010 3:44 pm
 

The Big Shamrock (UPDATE)

Ha Ha so now the Big Green Machine, Shaq is now.  This  smells of desperation on his part.  Shaq has been jumping from team to team the last 5 years dying to get that one more title.  Meanwhile Kobe Bryant is methodically building his legendary career still with the Lakers.  Shaq, give it up big boy it ain't going to happen.  The Celtics last gasp was last year with this current lineup and you are not going to change that now.  You should have begged to come back to LA, but we don't want you.  I do hope we meet you in the Finals again so Kobe can ask you how his ass taste.



Since: May 23, 2010
Posted on: August 4, 2010 3:09 pm
 

Shaq versus His Ex-Championship Teams

I think he has better odds of beating the athletes on his TV show...

However, his addition does make the Celtics bench much stronger that the Heat's bench...and now the Celtics will own the pivitol five spot against them the entire game...

With respect to the Lakers...this does not do much more than motivate Kobe...he would LOVE the opportunity to dunk on Shaq in a championship game...and the matchups will be basically the same as last season...and we all know who won that contest...Ron Artest...lol...anyways the Lakers addition of Blake, Barnes, and Ratliff to fortify thier defense off the bench gives them much more of an edge than adding Shaq to the Celtics bench...

Shaq/Celtics vs Heat = Heat in seven

Shaq/Celtics vs Lakers = Lakers in six 




Since: Jun 24, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2010 2:01 pm
 

The Big Shamrock (UPDATE)

Again...another reason NBA basketball just plain sucks.  Let's watch two Dream Team caliber teams duke it out all season long, and screw the rest of the league.  Its just boring.  NBA, wise up, you're losing fans by the minute.



Since: Jul 12, 2010
Posted on: August 4, 2010 1:36 pm
 

The Big Shamrock (UPDATE)

OK pmb19 lets get the facts straight here. First of all Shaq won a title in Miami playing 2nd fiddle to Wade. Second, Kobe and Jerry did NOT kick Shaq out of town. Shaq wanted an extension in his contract that would have paid him more money than his aging, out of condition body was worth. And last I checked, Andrew Bynum has been hurt for the last 2 years and Big Pau has kicked butt, even being mentioned as a possible MVP candidate in the finals. So for you to think that Pau is going to get eaten alive....no comprende!



Since: Jul 12, 2010
Posted on: August 4, 2010 1:27 pm
 

The Big Shamrock (UPDATE)

The answer to the question "Who was Shaq's franchise?"  Whichever team that had a superstar he could gravy-train off of.



Since: Jul 12, 2010
Posted on: August 4, 2010 1:22 pm
 

The Big Shamrock (UPDATE)

The same "Fakers" who've won back-to-back titles. You can call them any name that you wish if it makes you feel better. Just make sure to put the words WORLD CHAMPIONS in front of it.




Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2010 12:26 pm
 

The Big Shamrock (UPDATE)

Do the people in Boston just not watch basketball?  Seriously, anybody that has watch Shaq play in the last 5 years knows that he is done.  The guy can go hard for about 2 minutes in a game...the entire game.  He can't move to play defense, and he has never developed a shot beyond 5 feet from the basket.  I find myself wondering exactly what does Shaq bring to the table anymore?  He is riding on the fact that he was really good at one time in his career.  But those days ended while he played for the Lakers.  Honestly he's not even fun to watch anymore. Not that he was ever really fun to watch, I mean big guy pushes littler guy out of the way and dunks the ball.  Once you have seen it you've seen it.  But I digress.  Shaq is done.  He's been done for a while now.  It's like watching Jordan when he tried to come back and didn't have the legs for it.  Only Jordan could at least shoot from beyond 5 feet.


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