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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
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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].”

Since: Aug 9, 2010
Posted on: August 9, 2010 9:44 pm

Big Aristote haiku

calm down sopas p.  shaq is a living legend.celtics are '10 champs.  

Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: August 9, 2010 9:18 pm

Shaq will retire with the Celtics

Shaq is whack. Chasing the ring to have more bling than Kobe. Please Shaq, no rap songs this season ok?  Shaq has been a nightmare for the majority of the teams he's been with. Orlando, LA and Miami can breathe easier knowing he's with the Celtics rather retiring with them.Well Shaq, bring it! One more reason to dislike our rival the Celtics. Nothing would please me more than to see the Lakers and Celtics battle it out for the title. I do agree that the Celtics needed another big body in the middle and he came cheap. But Shaq going to the enemy is just plain ugly. I doubt Larry Bird would have ever thought about joining the Lakers and Magic bleeds purple and gold on and off the court. 
Well, with all the off season hoopla (pardon the pun), next yr will be entertaining.  Cool

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: August 9, 2010 7:52 pm

Shaq will retire with the Celtics

Here is a note for Shaq to ponder....his career has actually been over since the end of the 2006 season.  He is fat, old, lazy, and a shell of his former self.

Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: August 9, 2010 4:02 pm

Don't listen to Shaq

This is the same guy that said he retire after ten seasons at 30 while he is on top, now he is 38 telling you he is done after the Celtics deal.  He probably doesn't mean this either.  So unreliable.

Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: August 9, 2010 3:48 pm

Shaq will retire with the Celtics

Shaq is going to be a force with the Celtics on offense and defense.  Trust me, Rondo will get him the ball on the block and he will put points on the board.  He will defend the paint and make players thank twice before going strong to the hoop.  He will be the starting center for the Celtics and will play about 20-25 minutes a game.  Shaq still has a lots gas in the tank and will make this team better.  Shaq has been a team player his hold carrer to include, college and the pros...    Best of luck to the Celtics and Shaq this season.  Hang another banner in the rafters and all will be good.  GO SHAG...

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 9, 2010 2:59 pm

Shaq will retire with the Celtics

Why Shaq?  Why play in a shell of your former self until you are 40 years old?  With all of the stats mentioned it should be noted the only thing Shaq will end up with by the end of the season is 492 fouls (6 fouls per game over 82 games).  And that's if he plays all of them.  His last great game was in Phoenix and he really should've retired after that.  He claims to just "want to be on a roster" but at what expense?  He certainly is not one to want to come off the bench and he'll be in the starting lineup in Boston on his name alone.  I really wish he would've hung up his shoes after the Phoenix series.  He's starting to resemble John Salley.

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