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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: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: May 19, 2011 5:21 pm

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

After Shaq's allstar season in Phoenix, it was likely time to call it a career.  After the failed attempt to help the Cavs win a title, it definitely should have been a career.  I've been a huge Shaq fan since his days at LSU and watching no man on earth being able to contain his explosiveness has been a treat.  Watching the current slower, more gravity bound and injury prone version of him has been painful.

If he does play, Shaq please lose a ton of weight and get in the best shape of your life. It's your only chance to not lumber up and down the court.

Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: May 19, 2011 4:59 pm

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

Even at 39, the man was not protecting himself from injury. He played like he still had something to prove and perhaps he did. But when you see Shaq flying out of bounds for a loose ball, the fans collectively hold their breath. He could have taken better care of himself this year and he would have been on the floor when it counted the most... in the playoffs. As a die-hard, lifetime Celtics fan, he did not let me down. This was almost to be expected. Same with Jermaine O'Neal, for that matter. Shaq being the 15th man on the roster alone is worth 1.4mil. I hope to see him back next year, if only to play in the playoffs... and hopefully Ainge comes through and gets us another big or two in the offseason. You do not count on 39 year old players to win you a championship. I don't care who that player is. And as much as Ainge won't admit it, the Perkins trade sabotaged the Boston Celtics chances at winning a title this season. 

Since: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: May 19, 2011 3:13 pm

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

    He DID let the fans and his team down. This is serious basketball time....not time for Shaq's antics. If he ntakes up a roster spot next year, he better consider very carefully whether or not he can help the Celtics. He's not the main event anymore.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: May 19, 2011 3:09 pm

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

Shaq did not do in his early NBA career what he should have done and that was take care of the shell that got him all the accolades and money he earned. When you are twenty your body snaps back within a couple of days of conditioning. In the off season Shaq had a field day with food, drinks and not taking care of himself..

He often showed up for each season out of shape and would take until October or early November to get into basketball shape.
At this stage of his life even paying him the vet minimum is a risk. At 39/40 years of age it is too late to start any attempt a managing your body and making up for all the abuse it has taken over the years. By beating up his body earlier, he can not will it to obey the demands he would not want to place on it.
He might want to play an additional season, however, I am not sure his body would allow him. I think if given a physical he might have a problem passing it.

There will always be a question in the back of the minds of the Celtics, is it worth it and can we get a younger player with more of an upside less the injures and potential injuries.


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