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Shaq will retire with the Celtics

Posted on: August 9, 2010 1:43 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2010 4:18 pm
 
"" Posted by Royce Young

The last stop in Shaqulle O'Neal's historic career will be in Boston. He told the Orlando Sentinel he has no plans to be a 40-year-old plus professional athlete, even joking “Brett Favre only plays 12 games.”

The Celtics are franchise number six for Shaq. He's spent 18 seasons in the NBA and is currently 38 years old, which makes him the oldest active player in the league. He signed a two-year contract with the Celtics.

Shaq made a countdown a few years back while he was in Phoenix counting down to his last days. When he finishes he'll have played 20 seasons in the NBA, which will still put him behind Robert Parish who holds the record with 21 seasons and 1,611 games. If Shaq plays in all 82 for the next two years (which is probably impossible), he'll finish with 1,334.

Currently, Shaq sits about 10,000 points behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the all-time points record and about 3,000 behind Wilt Chamberlain for fourth place. If Shaq were to catch Chamberlain, he'd have to average about 17.5 points per game and play in all 82 games the next two seasons.

Shaq should pass Jerry Lucas and Buck Williams for 13th and 12th place and possibly Hakeem Olajuwon and Wes Unseld for 11th and 10th place in all-time rebounds however. Right now, Shaq has 12,921 rebounds, 21 behind Lucas, 96 behind Williams, 827 behind Olajuwon and 848 behind Unseld. Shaq would need to average 5.2 rebounds a game over the next 164 games to catch Unseld for 10th.

Shaq has been hunting for that one last hurrah the past few years. He knows his limitations and is looking to just find a spot on a roster. He played a role in Cleveland last season fairly well and he says he's willing to do the same in Boston.

“I’m not coming in to take over,” O’Neal told the paper after an Orlando charity basketball game. “At this point in my career I’m just a role player and I’ll do whatever it takes [to win].”
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Since: Jun 14, 2009
Posted on: August 10, 2010 12:04 pm
 

Shaq will retire with the Celtics

Come on, exactly 2 more years? He just wants to have more rings that Kobe when he retires, and 2 more will get him that.



Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: August 10, 2010 10:15 am
 

Shaq will retire with the Celtics

Mista p: Talking about retirement at the age of 30 is very very different then at the age of 40. And put yourself in his shoues. If you still can do what you love to do and people are willing to pay you a lot of money to do that job, would'nt you do it? Most of these players are so passionate about there game that there competetive spirit still goes on. Like once MJ said in an interview that he could mentally perform in the same level even his physical ability would not allow it. And to Shaq's defense, he gets all these injuries in trying to do that. And why not? Shaq knows very well sooner or leter he will just be a spectator watching others doing the things he once did...so give that guy some credit alright?



Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: August 10, 2010 10:09 am
 

Shaq will retire with the Celtics

You are wrong Warner! and let me take a guess before I look at your fevorite teams....a Laker fan with a man crush on Kobe!

Shaq in this age still put very good number last season in the Center position. I do not know the exact numbers but I would guess it would be among the top few centers in the league! (can someone back me up with some numbers here? )

And no player in the NBA will consider him a non-threat in the defensive end. Sure he is not the same he used to be but he knows that too. He does not claim himself to be the main player anymore but that does not take anything away from him! And that is the reason he can still get two more years with a very very good team like the Celtics. The Celtics management has been making all the right moves and I for one think this will be a very good addition. Shaq is at that age in his career where he just wants to be part of a contender team and enjoy the moments. He has already achieved most of his goals.



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: August 10, 2010 9:28 am
 

Shaq will retire with the Celtics

Cleve, it's starting to scare me how much you and I agree lately
LOL  Surprised


If he goes in the HOF under any other teams, then Lakers fans might have something to gripe about
Exactly...No doubt about that



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: August 10, 2010 9:20 am
 

Shaq will retire with the Celtics

Cleve, it's starting to scare me how much you and I agree lately.  Tongue out

Anyway, regarding the HOF question, I have no doubt he'll go in as a Laker. Those were far and away his best and most career-defining years. If he goes in the HOF under any other teams, then Lakers fans might have something to gripe about.



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: August 10, 2010 9:03 am
 

Shaq will retire with the Celtics

all this whining and griping from Lakers fans is kind of silly.

Zona! it is freakin' silly. As a Lakers fan it doesn't bother me that he plays for Boston, So what?!?

Shaq is just hangin on to get his 20 and thats all well and good, at least he didn't go to the 3 Ring-Circus in Miami.

It will be interesting to see what Team Shaq goes in the HOF as.

To me it should be a Laker as he spent the most time there and got his 3 rings too boot.

Like you said, it's not like Shaq left the Lakers to go to Boston, this is years later and really doesn't mean a thing to me.



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: August 10, 2010 8:51 am
 

Why all the b*tching from LA?

Obviously, as a Celtics fan, I get the LA-Boston rivalry. But still, I honestly fail to understand all the whining from Lakers fans about Shaq signing with the Celtics. For one, while his best years were obviously with the Lakers, he didn't begin his career with them, so he hardly started off as the "Laker-for-life" guy they try to make him out to be. Furthermore, he's been on 3 other teams since his time with the Lakers. Finally, the Lakers weren't interested in signing him for this season.

So, with all that said, his choices were basically sign with a team that might have a chance to win and that wants him to play a significant role (the Celtics), sign with a team that had no chance to win or retire. The guy may not be what he used to be, but he can still play and do certain things. So, when you consider all that, it makes perfect sense that he signed with the Celtics and I don't understand how you can blame the guy.

Lakers fans should rest easy and take pride in knowing that they got his best years and he gave their team everything he had in those years. He was the driving force in bringing LA 3 NBA championships. It would be one thing if he left the Lakers to go to the Celtics or turned down an offer from the Lakers to sign with the Celtics instead, but that's not what happened. That being the case, all this whining and griping from Lakers fans is kind of silly.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: August 10, 2010 12:08 am
 

Shaq will retire with the Celtics

What! Shaq has retired already? Dude...didn't he sign with the Celtics recently. It figures. Since his Shaq Vs. series is doing oh so well....not!



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: August 9, 2010 11:33 pm
 

Shaq will retire with the Celtics

Shaq is my boy but the Glory Days are over and have been over for a while. Shaq will not help the Celtics at all unless Doc uses him smartly. Shaq tend to like to be a Clown because he knows thats all he has left. Good Luck Celtics!



Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: August 9, 2010 10:28 pm
 

Shaq will retire with the Celtics

Oh well! It's just too bad that it had to be the Celtics. 
Playing for the enemy after all those years with the Lakers.
One thing he can do very well is to take up a lot of space in the paint.
Boston needs that specially when it came cheap.
I wonder what jersey he will wear when he goes to HOF.



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