Post-game Reactions

We’ve had weeks of speculation on the topic, but last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, we heard it straight from the horse’s mouth; Shaq wants to play for the Boston Celtics.

Kimmel brought up the topic last night about 3 minutes through his interview, creating an entertaining exchange between him and O’Neal:

Kimmel: Where are you going to play next year? Have you decided? Are you leaning one way or another?

O’Neal: You know right now, I’m on the 730 day program, which means I have two years left, so I’m going to try to sign with the right team to end my career.

Kimmel: Two years left in your NBA Career? Ok, I just can’t imagine you in a Celtics uniform though…..can you imagine it?

O’Neal: Celtics would be a good program.

Kimmel: That’d be a good place to go?

O’Neal: Yes, it would.

Kimmel: Would you feel weird about putting on a Celtics uniform after playing for the Lakers?

O’Neal: No.

Full video after the jump

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  • Zac

    after Wade, James and their sidekick did what they did Shaq shouldn’t feel weird about playing for the Celtics

  • This was also reported today however….

    David Carro Funes, a basketball agent in Spain, adds this via Twitter on Tuesday, “It’s very possible now that Shaquille O’Neal ends playing in Europe … or Asia. Very possible at this moment.”

    So who knows.

  • CsFanInArkansas

    The fact that he volunteers he’s only got two more years in the tank (most of us think he should have probably hung it up a year or two ago) seems to insinuate that he knows he’s on the decline – which might mean that he wouldn’t be griping about how many shots he gets in a game. The fact is, as a sub he could be getting 10 points, 8 boards and 2 blocks an evening – which is about what KP averages as a starter. Plus, it’s not like we’d be giving up any serious offensive firepower by having Shaq use KPs minutes for the first half of the season.

    I’ve always loved to dislike the big dude – but he could certainly be a valuable sub if there was some way to get him on our roster this year.

    Does anyone know how likely/unlikely a deal to get Shaq is???

  • robmercier00

    Unless he wants to sign for the vet minimum, it’s unlikely. He was reportedly seeking 8 mil/year for 2 yrs. I don’t necessarily dislike Shaq, but I don’t think that at this point in his career he’s worth that kind of money to the C’s. Vet min. is all I’d be willing to pay him for a half season. When Perk comes back, it’s Perk/J.O. and KG/Davis. No room for Shaq. He’s not going to like those minutes.

  • Jay P


    Perk is coming off major surgery, Doc would love to have the option of putting in Shaq to keep Perk around 20 minutes a game, if he can. Better to not push it.

  • Jay P

    He also has the ability to get the ball in the post, and not travel 50% of the time.

    With Sheed retiring, the team has no real post presence. KG and JO have become more face up players, prefer to make their moves from 15ft out, then get the ball on the block.

    Adding Shaq gives them a legit presence to work inside/out with. He might be old, but he can still make a post move and eat up fouls.

    He’s a useful player for the team, no doubt. But I wouldn’t give up any assets to get him. Cleveland has no incentive to sign and trade him for Sheed’s contract, and I’m not about to package draft picks to entice them, just to get Shaq.

    So if he wont take the minimum, it’s not happening.

  • ego roots

    hmmm… imagine us last season, game 7 vs the Lakers, no Perk but Shaq… would we have won the ‘chip….?

    Think he’ll help the C’s win a playoff game or 2 like Nate did…?

  • James Patrick


    he’ll be motivated after what Kobe said. and his numbers don’t lie. yes he’s on the decline, but i’ll be happy with what he did for cleveland last year in a celtics uniform. I just envision playing shaq and perk at the same time, created space for rondo. i hope this happens.

  • mike

    if that 1st rounder next year won’t net them rudy f…then package sheed’s deal and the 1st for shaq…it would end up being a lower choice ala jr giddens…

  • Tom

    Did you not learn from Matt Barnes that you can’t do a sign and trade for less than 3 years?

  • dont_drink_the_koolaid

    shaq planted that question before the interview. he is one sly old dog. he is trying to force the Cs to trade for him cause he won’t take the vet min. will danny bite?

    still think there is a good chance he takes his talents to the old continent.

  • NHBluesMan

    @Tom, i thought it was just that Orlando didn’t have the funds to sign Barnes for the contract he wanted so they could trade him to Toronto.

  • Tom

    I am right that it has to be 3 years, but only the first year has to be guranteed.

    79. Can a free agent be signed and immediately traded?

    Under no circumstances can a team sign and then trade another team’s free agent. But there is a rule that allows teams to re-sign their own free agents for trading purposes, called the sign-and-trade rule. Under the sign-and-trade rule, the player is re-signed and immediately traded to another team. This is done by adding a clause to the contract which stipulates that the contract is invalid if the player’s rights are not traded to the specific team within 48 hours.

    A sign-and-trade deal can be made even with players who have been renounced, but cannot be made when the player is signed using the Mid-Level, Bi-Annual or Disabled Player exceptions. Sign-and-trade contracts must be for three years or longer, but only the first season of the contract must be guaranteed. The three year minimum (even though the last two seasons may be non-guaranteed) ensures that the new team will not acquire Bird rights to the player any sooner than if they had signed him directly, because they would have to waive him, after which they wouldn’t be able to use Bird rights (see question number 26).

  • Tom

    Yes you are also right in that they didn’t have enough money to sign him since they only had early Bird rights. They could only give him 120% more than his previous salary (see Nate Robinson).

  • morey grundmaN

    If we get Shaq this Celtic team will definetely have 2 positions locked up vs Miami, Center and PG, PF is equal, but they have other 2 posistions, we have bench and coach…

  • K.C.

    Signing Shaq would allow the Celtics to take their time with Perk. No need to rush Perk, he has a long career ahead of him. Look what happened with KG!

  • The blind

    he would be a liability when defending the pick and roll at the 3 point line.

  • ThailandMatthew

    I like it. Why? It seems as if nobody ever mentions this kind of thing around here: What a fun team! What a locker room! What interviews! The Celtics, BIG TEAM once again. It’s like the 1980s. Don’t shoot me. I mean lots of characters, lots of experience, lots of fun. Lots and lots of fun. Will they win? Dammit I hope so. They’ll have a shot either way…but I like to try to live in the moment. What a good time extended moment this season’s gonna be with our boys back + Shaq. C’mon, let’s put the science aside and appreciate the art of it…

  • Nick Anderson

    Ya, I would just like to say that Shaq is not the best player in my opionion. He is slow for our fast paced offense and I don’t see him getting any quicker. I find myself in an akward position when I say that we our strong because of our bench players and Shaq might help. Emphasis on might though, going back to him not being the fastest guy getting back to the board.

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