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Shaq's Mom: 'He's going back to Boston'

Posted on: May 19, 2011 2:07 pm
 
The mother of Shaquille O'Neal believes her son will not retire and will play for the Boston Celtics next season. Posted by Ben Golliver. shaq-is-fat

Shaquille O'Neal was the Big Disappointment rather than the Big Diesel for the Boston Celtics this season. At 39 years old, O'Neal simply couldn't get healthy or stay healthy for the Celtics, who bowed out in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Anyone who watched an out-of-shape O'Neal laboring up and down the court -- able to play just 17 minutes combined since Feb. 1 -- couldn't help but conclude this was the end of the road for the future first ballot Hall of Famer. O'Neal has been in a steady decline, posting career-lows in points (9.2) and rebounds (4.8) in 2010-2011, and that trend isn't like to reverse.

Of course, there's the matter of his contract. O'Neal has a player option for $1.4 million next season. While the Celtics aren't sure whether or not he will return, O'Neal mother, Lucille, told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that she thinks he will give it another go.
“He went there to help them win a championship, and they didn’t do that this year,’’ Lucille said. “It bothered him so much that he could not play. He felt like he let the Boston team down and the community down, so I could believe he’s going back to Boston. He’s not in a place to be traded or anything like that.’’

Lucille added O’Neal hasn’t indicated to her what he plans to do.

“I don’t know because Shaquille has got such passion for the game,’’ Lucille said. “(Retirement) we’ve always told him that’s up to him. Whatever decision he makes, we’re still going to be behind him 100 percent.’’
The worst case scenario for next season is ... welll... it would look a lot like this season. A string of injuries, a bunch of charitable donations and a larger-than-life personality that's great for the game as a whole. That's not too bad but it doesn't do much for Boston's title dreams.

A best case scenario? The Celtics manage his minutes better, he drops a ton of weight and he can be an impact player during a playoff run. That'd be awesome, but don't hold your breath. 
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Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: May 21, 2011 12:35 pm
 

Shaq's Mom: 'He's going back to Boston'

I agree with omahawk.   Shaq has not been in decent shape for the start of a season in 10 + years.   I am afraid for him when he eventually retires.  I can see him weighing 450 - 500 lbs 2 yrs into his retirement, if he does not get wise.   Celebrity Fit Club 2014 



Since: Feb 17, 2011
Posted on: May 20, 2011 8:14 pm
 

Shaq's Mom: 'He's going back to Boston'

You're right on with these comments.  Kareem and Olajuwon kept themselves in great shape throughout their careers, and made the necessary adjustments by developing new post moves in their later years.  Hence they remained major forces in their late 30's.

Shaq has always been a junk food addict, and has never lost the necessary weight, except when Riley also fined his team mates when he didn't meet his losing weight goals.  At close to 400 lbs., his joints have just taken too much pounding over the years.



Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: May 20, 2011 6:40 pm
 

Shaq's Mom: 'He's going back to Boston'

bingo bazeballer couldnt hve said it better  yer done  and oh by the way yer not in the top 15 centers of all time let alone a top 50 player  heres off the top of my head (no particular order)the centers better than this one dimensional  player. 1. Jabaar, 2.  Russell,3.  Chamberlain, 4.Mikan, 5.Reed 6.Cowens 7.olajawon8.moses malone 9.unseld10.olajawon



Since: Sep 16, 2009
Posted on: May 20, 2011 9:39 am
 

Shaq's Mom: 'He's going back to Boston'

Shut up Mrs. O'Neal.  Your son's done .



Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: May 20, 2011 1:58 am
 

Shaq's Mom: 'He's going back to Boston'

Luckily The Big Shamrock will be back next year to ANCHOR the Celtics. Why? because he has a contract for 1.4 million. Why would he walk away when he's getting paid AND getting free court-side seats.



Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: May 20, 2011 1:57 am
 

Shaq's Mom: 'He's going back to Boston'

Luckily The Big Shamrock will be back next year to ANCHOR the Celtics. Why? because he has a contract for 1.4 million. Why would he walk away when he's getting paid AND getting free court-side seats.



Since: Jun 14, 2008
Posted on: May 20, 2011 1:39 am
 

Shaq's Mom: 'He's going back to Boston'

Ok, Ebony, but Shaquille's body didn't break down tragically at 31.  He is the oldest player in the NBA.  Usually the oldest player in the NBA, whoever it is, has some injury issues even if they conditioned themselves well for 17 seasons.  I don't disagree that he overate and over-dallied during his off-seasons, but how many 7'3 300+ pound middle aged men are in great shape?

Glad to have Shaquille back in Boston for one final year, even if he only plays sparingly as an 11th man.  



Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: May 19, 2011 10:37 pm
 

Shaq's Mom: 'He's going back to Boston'

I hate to say it but it's time for the big fella to hang em up for good. Shaq struggled to run up and down the court as well as keeping himself in basketball shape throughout the season.Frown



Since: May 19, 2011
Posted on: May 19, 2011 6:00 pm
 

Shaq's Mom: 'He's going back to Boston'

It's time for the big fella to hang it up.



Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: May 19, 2011 5:55 pm
 

Shaq's Mom: 'He's going back to Boston'

Well here's what Shaq says about all that: 




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