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Shaq fined for comments following Christmas loss

Posted on: December 27, 2010 3:05 pm
Edited on: December 27, 2010 6:04 pm
Shaq fined for comments following Celtics' Christmas loss. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Following the Celtics' loss to the Magic on Saturday, Shaquille O'Neal decided that it wasn't the inability of Paul Pierce to score in the fourth, nor the collapse of the Celtics' defense, that led to the Magic victory. No, instead he told reporters that it was, naturally, the officials who sealed the deal for the Mickey Mouse Gang. Here's what Shaq said Saturday from our post Sunday:
Needless to say, O'Neal had some choice words for the officiating. "I guess they came out to see number 26 today," O'Neal said.
The only No. 26 on the floor Saturday was official Bob Delaney. "He (No. 26) was a great player out there today," O'Neal said.

O'Neal added, "They (fans) paid all that money to watch No. 26 play. If I was a fan, I would be pissed. You pay all that money for good seats, you have two of the best guys in the (NBA) sitting on the bench, out of the game. That is what happens when you have control freaks out there."
Then here's what the league said via press release Monday:
Shaquille O’Neal of the Boston Celtics has been fined $35,000 for public comments about the officiating, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

Which is a pretty strong response to the debate, all things considered. 

Thing is, if you watched that game? Shaq looked slow. And old. Mostly because he's slow. And old. And if you're slow and old facing a team with young, fast players? You're probably going to pick up a fair number of fouls. It's fine for O'Neal to keep running his mouth off about this stuff, he's Shaq, that's who he is. But we should all try and keep a level head and realize that this is mostly about a player being uncomfortable with the fact that his abilities simply aren't where they used to be. He has nights where he's a dominant force inside. And he has days like Saturday, where he's less than that.

Now, O'Neal's comments regarded both he and Dwight Howard, so it's not an outright complaint about unfair calls against the Celtics. But ask yourself if you think the Big Shamrock would have had complaints should the Celtics have won that game? Seems unlikely. 

And now, he's $35,000 lighter in the wallet. Maybe that will quicken him up. 

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2010 9:34 am

Shaq fined for comments following Christmas loss

r2473: I was being sarcastic. 

Oops, my bad. Uh, too.  lol

Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2010 8:00 am

Shaq fined for comments following Christmas loss

Shaq is like Phil Jackson in this perspective. They know beforehand they'll be fined for these types of comments, but they're sending a psychological message to the refs for the next game.

Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2010 10:58 pm

Shaq fined for comments following Christmas loss

I turned on the Christmas Day game and about 2 minutes later turned it.  The officiating is one of two things, indicative of a league that pushes games in certain directions or a league that has a group of refs making some serious bank on the side.  Either way I can hardly watch more than a few moments of a game before I want to vomit.  I must admit, I don't seem to to get to worked up when they let Paul Pierce travel like a 4 year old at biddy basketball.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2010 10:56 pm

Shaq fined for comments following Christmas loss

That is a lot of Pepperoni Pizzas lost for the big fatty.  Might be better for him in the long run.

Since: Aug 11, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2010 9:58 pm

Shaq fined for comments following Christmas loss

I completely agree HOOPIS....the NBA officials are the worst of any sport. They can take over a game and they often do. They love the limelight as much as the players. The thing about fouls in the NBA is if you watch a game every night for the entire season you still won't have a definitive answer to the question of: What is a Foul? 

Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2010 9:47 pm

shaq be mad

the refs don't need to be disrespecting shaq---he makes millions and should play the entire game.

Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2010 9:03 pm

Shaq fined for comments following Christmas loss

Shaq has a good point in terms of refs INSERTING THEIR PERSONALITIES in the game.  Fans don't come to watch that crap.  As far "quicken him (Shaq) up" by a $35,000 fine, do you not understand that a $35K fine to this guy is no more than $35 to regular folks?  It makes ZERO difference.

Since: Apr 29, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2010 7:19 pm

Shaq fined for comments following Christmas loss

Who wrote this article Matt Moron!!! Check the facts dummy. Ninety percent of the games the Celtics play, their opponents go to the line from 8 to 12 more foul shots. The final game last year against the Lakers, the fakers went to the line 17 times in the last quarter. How come the league never admits that referees make bad calls, oh I forgot, that would be a technical on the zebras.
 CBSSports should fine you for writing a dumb essay on Shaq. I'll bet that Shaq could beat you one on one in any contest that you could name. You Moron!!!

Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2010 6:55 pm

Shaq fined for comments following Christmas loss

I was being sarcastic. 

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2010 6:34 pm

Shaq fined for comments following Christmas loss

As for Shaq getting fined ... he shoulda got his moneys worth and said:   "The refs ALL basically suck.   Half of em are probably betting on the games with the way they seem to want to control the outcome of the scores.   Half of em are so old, they can't even see more than 10 feet in front of em .. and half of em should be forced into retirement.   Give some young blood a chance and RETIRE already.   The inconsisency during ONE GAME hard enough to stomach.   All these ticky-tack .. don't sneeze on Kobe / LeWrong Blames fouls are out of control.   Can't even defend these guys .. meanwhile a warrior like Paul Pierce who actually attacks the basket gets mauled and he doesn't get the calls.  The NBA is a joke .. last years Finals was a perfect example .. look at the FT disparity, particularly the 4th quarter of game 7 and that's all you need to know."    .... Now that woulda been worth $35K    The NBA is a joke .. and this fine is a perfect example ... EXPOSED ... we wouldn't want the truth now would we???

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