Tag:Shaquille O'Neal
Posted on: November 15, 2010 2:05 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:46 pm
 

Jermaine O'Neal out 2-3 weeks with knee injury

Boston Celtics center Jermaine O'Neal is out two weeks with a knee injury. Posted by Ben Golliver
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Boston Celtics big man Jermaine O'Neal has been dealing with left knee issues, which caused him to miss the Celtics' last two games -- against the Miami Heat and the Memphis Grizzlies -- and saw him play just 10 minutes in a loss to the Dallas Mavericks last week.  The Celtics report on their official Twitter account that Celtics coach Doc Rivers told the media on Monday that O'Neal' "will miss 2-3 weeks [with the knee injury], but that timetable could change because tests/evaluations are ongoing." The Celtics front court is already depleted due to center Kendrick Perkins' knee injury suffered during last year's playoffs. Shaquille O'Neal also missed five consecutive games earlier this season with a bruised right knee, but was able to play 20+ minutes against both Miami and Memphis. Jermaine O'Neal had started in Shaquille O'Neal's absence. The injuries have led power forward Kevin Garnett to log heavy time, as he's played at least 32 minutes a night in the team's last seven games.  Same thing for Glen Davis, who has been quite productive for Boston, averaging 11.3 points in 31.1 minutes so far this year. Jermaine O'Neal's knee injury is by no means crippling for the Celtics, who sit atop the Eastern Conference with a record of 8-2, but obviously the more miles that both O'Neals can manage, the better, as it makes life easier on Boston's other big men.  The Celtics are off until Wednesday, when they host John Wall and the Washington Wizards in Boston. That game begins a stretch of eight games in two weeks, including two back-to-backs.
Posted on: November 4, 2010 4:15 pm
 

A quick video summary of Chris Dudley's loss

Posted by Royce Young

Former NBA center Chris Dudley lost the Oregon governor's race by a slim margin to incumbent John Kitzhaber this week. It was hard-fought loss in a closely contested race for Dudley, who had previously had no political experience. Still, he came up short to Kitzhaber and I thought this video summed it up the race nicely.

Posted on: October 31, 2010 9:51 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:20 pm
 

Shaq wins best NBA Halloween costume picture

Pictures of the best Halloween costumes from around the NBA this year. Posted by Ben Golliver When it's not enforcing a dress code, tightening up the technical foul rules or threatening contraction, the NBA can be a pretty fun place. This year, players, mascots, cheerleaders and fans all got into the Halloween spirit, dressing up before, during and after games.  NBA stars like Dwyane Wade, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Shaquille O'Neal got into the act, and Shaq easily takes home top honors for his bold attempt at cross-dressing as "Shaqueeta."  Let's have a look. dwyane-wade-justin-timberlake-halloween Miami Heat star guard Dwyane Wade dresses up as Justin Timberlake, white face and all. Via I Am Black Bobby's Tumblr . al-horford-kanye-west Atlanta Hawks forward Al Horford dressed up as Kanye West. Via Al Horford's Twitter . zaza-pachulia-charlie-chaplin Horford's teammate, Atlanta Hawks center Zaza Pachulia, dresses up as Charlie Chaplin. Via Horford's Twitter . halloween-nba This couple is really enjoying the Los Angeles Clippers game. Via Getty. kardashians-halloween-nba Kim Kardashian and a friend dress up (I think they are dressing up?) while watching the Miami Heat take on the New Jersey Nets. Via Getty. nba-fan-halloween One Clipper fan decided to dress up as owner Donald Sterling. Rimshot! Via Getty. elizabeth-banks Actress Elizabeth Banks dresses up as a cat as she takes in Friday night's game between the Portland Trail Blazers and New York Knicks, along with Tracy Morgan and Russell Simmons. Via Getty. halloween-nba The Los Angeles Clippers cheerleaders went all out. Via Getty. toronto-raptors-mascot As did the Toronto Raptors cheerleaders, who are put through their paces by the Raptors mascot. Via Getty. brook-lopez-halloween-nba Brook Lopez, center for the New Jersey Nets, wore black and orange shoes during his Halloween day game against the Miami Heat. Via @Jose3030 on Twitter . rockets-mascot-halloween-nba The Houston Rockets mascot poses with fans dressed up in the Halloween spirit. Via Getty. boston-celtics-halloween-costumes The Boston Celtics goof it up, with wing Paul Pierce, guard Ray Allen and company all decked out. Via Paul Pierce's Twitter. boston-celtics-halloween Here's another Boston Celtics team shot. This one includes point guard Rajon Rondo as an injured Tiger Woods. Via Paul Pierce's Twitter. shaqueeta-shaq-halloween

Last but not least, here is cross-dressing Boston Celtics center Shaquille "Shaqueeta" O'Neal, who crosses every line of decency in the process. Via Shaq's Twitter.
Posted on: October 29, 2010 9:53 am
Edited on: October 29, 2010 11:25 am
 

Shootaround 10.29.10: Jokes with Shaq

Posted by Royce Young
  • Shoals, writing for Deadspin, on the Heat: "It turns out that LeBron James really isn't like physics. He's more like outer space. James is the sun, and cold, dead Cleveland, his moon — appearing to shine down on us, sometimes just as brightly, or at least bright enough that you forget it's all reflected light. Every LeBron story is also a Cavs story; every Cavs story can be tied back into LeBron. I find myself in the habit of still tagging my own stories about LeBron with "cavs" — hey, maybe Gilbert and the fans were right. He really does belong to them."
  • Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman on Jeff Green's non-extension : "By choosing to not re-sign now, Green could potentially forfeit millions of dollars. NBA commissioner David Stern has said league owners are seeking to slash player salaries by up to $800 million in the new labor contract. The new CBA also could contain cutbacks on players' annual raises, as well as the number of years contracts can be signed for. For instance, instead of signing a five-year extension with 10.5 percent annual raises, Green could have to settle for a three- or four-year deal with 8 percent raises. Additionally, Green runs the risk of injury this season, which could destroy his value on the open market. So, too, could an unproductive season."
  • Rashad Mobley of Truth About It on Washington's first outing: "At one point in the third quarter, Andray Blatche took such a bad shot, that Marv Albert and Steve Kerr, went on a two-minute rant about how demoralizing it must be for the other Wizards, when a bad shot is taken.  By my informal (yet accurate) calculations, not one of Blatche’s nine shots came in the paint in a post up position.  Instead of playing in the post, where Coach Saunders has frequently asked him to play, Blatche was content on launching outside shots, which led to long rebounds, which led to easy Orlando baskets."
  • Eddy Rivera of MagicBasketball: "A lot of kudos should be given to Orlando for emphatically beating an inferior opponent. However, the Wizards made things too easy for the Magic by offering little resistance in terms of interior defense. According to Hoopdata, Orlando shot 18-of-21 at the rim and 10-for-15 inside 10 feet. Add to the fact that the Magic were able to get to the free-throw line a total of 32 times, and it’s easy to see why this game was barely competitive after the opening tip."
  • Orlando has quite the introduction video says Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post: "The Magic's pregame introduction video is astounding. I won't insult you by saying it alone is worth the cost of admission, but it's indeed powerful. It features great moments in Magic history--Nick Anderson stealing the ball from Michael Jordan and the Magic drafting Dwight Howard, for example--as projected on downtown Orlando landmarks. I admit I'm more prone to sentimentality than most folks, but I got a bit choked up watching it. My description isn't doing the video justice."
Posted on: October 26, 2010 8:49 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2010 9:04 pm
 

Celtics dominating Heat at half 47-30

Celtics dominating Heat at the half.
Posted by Matt Moore

There are ways the first half could have gone worse for the Miami Heat. A scaffold falling on LeBron James. The earth opening beneath their feet and hell swallowing them whole. A Carrot Top appearance. That's pretty much it. The quick hits.

Miami is shooting 27% from the field. They have a 63.8 efficiency mark (should be at or around 100 for average). The Miami Triad are 7 of 27 and they are down by 17 points at the half to the defending Eastern Conference champions.

Boston is constantly shutting off lanes for the Heat, and the Heat, in turn, are settling. All jumpers, all the time, that's their approach. And that's just what the Celtics want.

The Celtics are playing their game. Rondo is wheeling and dealing, Kevin Garnett got a nice move on Haslem in the post. Ray Allen's jumper is still brilliant. And the Celtics are all over the Heat. The Heat have no pick and roll action, no movement. The Celtics look sharp, look active, and look primed for the kill. Glen Davis, the Drunken Seal, is absolutely killing it off the bench with 4 points, 3 rebounds, and a block off the bench. Shaq got way too many possessions early and wasted too many of them,  but does have 6 ponits and 6 boards, and the Celtics don't need much more from him.

The Celtics don't need much at all, actually.

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Posted on: October 25, 2010 5:47 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2010 10:44 am
 

Nash concedes PHX may be rebuilding, but why?

Posted by Royce Young

Nobody is more of a softspoken statesman whose words carry big sound than Steve Nash. He knows how to say just what he wants in order to get what he wants. And in an interview with SB Nation Arizona, Nash surprisingly conceded that the Suns may be ready to take a step back and rebuild. Or if he had money on this season, not to take the Suns.
"To be honest, if I was outside this picture and a betting man, I would probably pick us to be outside of the playoffs considering all the changes and the new guys."

"Maybe we need to take a step back, regroup, be a little bit more patient, build a really good team and see how good we can be later in the year instead of jumping out of the gate and be like, 'Oh, we've got to finish top two or three in the West and give ourselves a chance to win the West and go to the Finals.' That stuff can come if we really improve, but we can't put that type of pressure on ourselves right away because we are a new team."
Translation: We might not be that good. So please Suns fans, hang in there with us.

What's refreshing is that Nash understands this. He knows Hakim Warrick isn't Amar'e Stoudemire. He knows that Grant Hill aged another year. He knows that Hedo Turkoglu isn't the answer to anything but "Ball? Ball." He knows that though improved, Robin Lopez isn't any kind of franchise big man. Nash knows this. And he's not pretending to be leading a world-beating squad.

I don't know if there's any kind of subtle plan behind Nash's comments, or if he was just being honest about his team. Some players like Rodney Stuckey and Michael Beasley say things like, "On paper, we're the best evah!" and "Really, if you think super hard about it, we're probably the best team." Nash on the other hand says, "I would probably pick us to be outside of the playoffs." That's something new.

It is possible however that Nash has a plan with these types of comments. He is 36 years old and isn't getting any younger, despite what you hear about the Magic of the Suns training staff. Maybe he's worried about ending his career on a sour note. Maybe he's prodding management to go grab him some help. Or maybe he's just setting the fanbase up to lower their expectations.

It's easy to think that surely there's a motive here because in today's atmosphere of professional sports, who tells a fanbase their team might not be great? I don't deny that Nash set up fans for a lottery team for a reason. He did make a power play to get Shaq out of town and according to some, helped nudge Terry Porter out the door earlier than expected.

Most have been forecasting the Suns the set (GET IT?!) for a while now. Last season looked prime for it to happen, especially with the rumors of Stoudemire being dealt swirling all season. But they hung on to Stoudemire and made a surprising push into the third seed in the West and a conference finals run.

Now though, it looks like it might be time for Phoenix to fade. And their fearless leader knows it.
Posted on: October 25, 2010 12:08 pm
 

Shaq plans to ride the subway dressed as a woman

Posted by Royce Young

Here's something you may not know: Shaquille O'Neal will be playing basketball in Boston. It can be easy to forget since he's kind of used his first few months as part of the Celtics to focus on other things. Things like prank wars with Nate Robinson and posing as a statue in Harvard Square.

His next trick? The dress like a woman and ride the subway. Seriously.

From WEEI:
“I thinking of buy a snowsuit, standing in the middle of a field and have people throw snowballs at me,” he said. “Something different.”

But then, after a suggestion from a reporter that he could integrate the ‘T’ into his next field trip, O’Neal latched onto the idea.

“No, never,” he said when asked if he had ever been on the subway in Boston. “That’s a good idea. I’m going to do that. What’s today? Sunday? I’m going to do that next week.” O’Neal then took it to another level when explaining how he was going to appear when boarding the train. He said that he would be dressing up as a woman named, “Shaquita.” “I’m going to do that,” he said.

Well that will absolutely finish with fantastic results. (And the snowball idea is pretty cool too.)

Shaq is truly a larger than life person and personality. He fits perfectly in Boston and he told WEEI "this is the funnest team I've been on in my life." The chemistry in the Boston locker room is tip-top and that's due in large part to Shaq. He keeps it loose, he keeps it fresh and pretty soon, he'll be keeping it ladylike on the subway.

I just wonder if he remember he's got a basketball game tomorrow night.
Category: NBA
Posted on: October 15, 2010 2:55 pm
 

Shaq shares his thoughts on technical fouls

Posted by Royce Young

Not a ton of people are loving the new technical foul rules that enforce a quicker whistle. In fact, some may even feel it's "stupid." One such large player (in more ways than one) also doesn't love the new quick whistle and of course, this player isn't shy.

Shaquille O'Neal talked to reporters today and shared his feelings on the new stricter rule:
"I just think that if you give those guys that much control you might as well start selling their jerseys at Footlocker. This is an emotional game. I know when I pay the money to different arenas and I take my sons and my daughters, I want to see everything. I want to see them talking smack, I want to see it all. You can’t try to just cut off an emotional game — expect people not to have emotion.

“[I'll] say that you can probably cut out the secondary and the third emotion, but if you hit me with this mic right here, like this, I’m gonna at least go, ‘Whoa, what you doing?’ I can’t just let you hit me with the mic and just keep talking, ‘Yeah, everything’s good, I love Toronto,’ you know what I’m saying? I’ve got to at least have that, ‘What are you doing?’ I think they [should] give us room to respectfully react once, sometimes maybe twice. Matter of fact, just keep it like the way it was.”

“The other night, I don’t think KG did anything to get tossed out. Like I said, [you're] going to give them that much control you might as well start selling their jerseys. Might as well make them stars.”

Fine coming in 3, 2, 1...

There's definitely two sides to this issue. One says, "Come on. You can control what you do. I understand an emotional outburst but it makes no sense to keep talking and complaining. Just walk away!" The other says, "Basketball is an emotional game and players get caught up in it. Part of the game is working officials and it's impossible for them to stay consistent with these calls."

Me personally, I don't mind smack talking, but watching a player whine after every call gets really old and annoying (I'm looking at you , Tim Duncan Face.) I think the NBA realizes how it makes the game look like a whiner sport. The way the rule is laid out, it says you can react, but don't carry on. Doesn't that seem fair? Players have the opportunity to let out the uncontrolled outburst, but they just need to zip it and get over it shortly thereafter.

More than likely, the NBA will cave and relax the rules. They've tried this kind of enforcement before, but it didn't hold up. They've got to stick to it if they want it to work. And I hope they didn't just use preseason to really emphasize it only to back off in the regular season. Give this half a season and players will start shaping up. Let a guy pick up a big technical late in a game and maybe he'll think twice about badgering an official for an extended time.

I do kind of like Shaq's line about selling the referree's jerseys. It's pretty annoying when an official inserts himself into a game and tries to prove a point. I agree there. And I guess that's what the heart of this debate is.

But I don't know Shaq, I can't really say I'd be in the market for a Bill Kennedy replica jersey. Not my thing, I guess.

 
 
 
 
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